Laura Pedraza-Fariña began as an assistant professor at Northwestern Law School in 2013. She is also an affiliate professor in the program of Science in Human Culture at the university. She studied law at Harvard University and also earned a Ph.D. in genetics at Yale University. Her research interests include intellectual property, patent law and international organizations. In her research on intellectual property laws, she uses the methodology of history and the sociology of science and technology to analyze and inform the design of patent law. Her current research projects include an analysis of the implications of the sociology of scientific knowledge about tacit knowledge for the theory of disclosure of patent law. In addition, she studies how the specialized structure of patent law courts influences the content of patent decisions.