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Sheila Foster holds a joint appointment with Georgetown University's Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy.  She teaches courses on Property Law, State and Local Government, and Urban Law and Policy. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the Project on State and Local Government Policy and Law (SALPAL) and is an affiliated researcher with the Global Cities Initiative and The Earth Commons Institute.

Prior to joining Georgetown, Foster was a University Professor and the Albert A. Walsh Professor of Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at Fordham University. During her tenure at Fordham, she co-directed the Urban Law Center, established the university-wide Urban Consortium, and served for six years as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and then Vice Dean at the Law School. Prior to joining Fordham, she was a Professor of Law at the Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.

Foster received her B.A. in English with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.