Professor Ahdieh received his law degree from Yale University, where he published what remains one of the seminal treatments of the constitutional transformation of post-Soviet Russia: Russia's Constitutional Revolution - Legal Consciousness and the Transition to Democracy. While a student at Yale, he also served as an editor on the Yale Journal of International Law. Following his graduation, he clerked for Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, before serving as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Professor Ahdieh's scholarly interests revolve around questions of regulatory design. His particular emphasis has been various non-traditional modes of regulation, including especially those grounded in dynamics of coordination. Paradigms of coordination, he has argued, hold significant promise both in helping us theorize existing regulatory patterns and in fostering new regulatory constructs. At present, he is working on a pair of books, entitled The Modern Coordination State and Governing Standards. Professor Ahdieh's work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the NYU Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review, among other journals.