Professor Ostrow teaches courses in Property, State and Local Government Law, Land Use and Federalism. Her research focuses on federalism, with an emphasis on the interaction between federal laws and local land use policies. She has received a number of awards and honors for her scholarship. Process Preemption in Federal Siting Regimes, 48 Harv. J. Legis. 289 (2011) was selected as the 2011 Winner of the American Association of Law School’s Scholarly Paper Competition and was published as one of the 5 best articles in land use in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review. Land Law Federalism, 61 Emory L.J. (2012) was selected for the 2012 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty forum, hosted by Harvard Law School.
Before joining the Hofstra faculty in January, 2007, Professor Ostrow worked as a real estate associate in Davis Polk & Wardwell’s corporate department. Her practice included the representation of real estate investment funds, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in sophisticated commercial real estate transactions. Professor Ostrow received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2003. While at Columbia, Professor Ostrow was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She served as a Notes Editor on the Columbia Law Review and published her Note, entitled Dual Resident Voting: Traditional Disenfranchisement and Prospects for Change, in the Columbia Law Review. In 1999, Professor Ostrow graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in political science and religion.