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Mark Kahan

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Government

Mark Kahan is an attorney and businessman. Beginning in 1972, he worked to reform energy and communications regulation at the New York Public Service Commission. In 1977, he moved to the Civil Aeronautics Board in Washington, D.C. to deregulate the airlines. In that capacity, he served as principal U.S. negotiator to the European Union to liberalize airline pricing over the North Atlantic. During this period, he also taught Administrative Law and Regulated Industries at the George Washington University. After moving to the private sector in 1982, Mr. Kahan specialized in competition law and became a founder of Spirit Airlines, a new entrant airline, from which he retired in 2006. He is now Chairman of a major textile firm that designs, manufactures, imports and exports fabrics and home furnishings throughout the world.


B.S. (with Honors, Political Science), 1969 & J.D. (Teaching Fellow), Columbia University

Favorite Spot on Campus
Anyplace but the Adjunct Faculty Office
Book Currently Reading
"Too Big to Fail” by Andrew Ross Sorkin

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  • Spring 2016