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Michael J. Klarman

Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
J.D., Stanford Law School, 1983
D.Phil., Oxford University, 1988
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1980
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Michael Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He was a member of the Law School faculty from 1987-2008.

While at Stanford Law School, Klarman won numerous awards and served as senior articles and symposium editor of the Stanford Law Review; he also is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Klarman clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He then completed his doctoral thesis in legal history as a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 2005, Klarman won the Bancroft Prize for "From Jim Crow to Civil Rights" (Oxford University Press, 2004).

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Brown v. Board and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History (Oxford University Press, 2007).

From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Book Chapters:

“Court, Congress, and Civil Rights,” in Neal Devins & Keith Whittington, eds., Congressional Constitutional Interpretation (Duke University Press 2005).

“Why Massive Resistance?” in Clive Webb, ed., Massive Resistance Reconsidered (Oxford University Press 2005).


"Social Rerform Litigation and Its Challenges: An Essay in Honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 32 Harv. J. Law and Gender 251 (2009).

"Powell vAlabama: The Supreme Court Confronts “Legal Lynchings,” in Carole Steiker, ed., Criminal Procedure Stories (2006).

“Brown and Lawrence (and Goodridge),” 104 Mich. L. Rev. 431 (2005).

“Civil Rights Litigation and Social Reform,” Yale. L. J., Nov. 2005 (The Pocket Part).

“Brown at 50,” 90 Va. L. Rev. 1613 (2004).

Brown v. Board of Education: Law or Politics?,” in Peter F. Lau, ed., From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy 198 (Duke University Press, 2004).

"Is the Supreme Court Sometimes Irrelevant? Race and the Southern Criminal Justice System in the 1940s," 89 J. Am. Hist. 119 (2002).

"Bush v. Gore Through the Lens of Constitutional History," 89 Cal. L. Rev. 1721 (2001).

"How Great Were the 'Great' Marshall Court Decisions?" 87 Va. L. Rev. 1111 (2001).

"The White Primary Rulings: A Case Study in the Consequences of Supreme Court Decisionmaking," 29 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 55 (2001).

"The Racial Origins of Modern Criminal Procedure," 99 Mich. L. Rev. 48 (2000).

"Constitutional Fetishism and the Clinton Impeachment Debate," 85 Va. L. Rev. 631 (1999).

"The Plessy Era," 1998 Sup. Ct. Rev. 303 (1998).

"Race and the Court in the Progressive Era," 51 Vand. L. Rev. (1998).

"What's So Great About Constitutionalism?" 93 Nw. U. L. Rev. 145 (1998)

"Antifidelity," 70 S. Cal. L. Rev. 381 (1997).

"Fidelity, Indeterminacy, and the Problem of Constitutional Evil," 65 Fordham L. Rev. 1739 (1997).

"Majoritarian Judicial Review: The Entrenchment Problem," 85 Geo. L. J. 491 (1997).

"Rethinking the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Revolutions," 82 Va. L. Rev. 1 (1996).

"Brown, Originalism, and Constitutional Theory: A Response to Professor McConnell," 81 Va. L. Rev. 1881 (1995).

"Brown, Racial Change, and the Civil Rights Movement," 80 Va. L. Rev. 7 (1994).

"Civil Rights Law: Who Made It and How Much Did It Matter?" (reviewing Tushnet, Making Civil Rights Law), 83 Geo. L. J. 433 (1994).

"How Brown Changed Race Relations: The Backlash Thesis," 81 J. Am. Hist. 81 (1994).

"Reply: Brown v. Board of Education: Facts and Political Correctness" 80 Va. L. Rev. 185 (1994).

"The Senate's Role in Supreme Court Appointments," Va. L. Sch. Rep., Winter 1992, at 11-17.

"Constitutional Fact/Constitutional Fiction: A Critique of Bruce Ackerman's Theory of Constitutional Moments" (reviewing Ackerman, We the People: Foundations), 44 Stan. L. Rev. 759 (1992).

"An Interpretive History of Modern Equal Protection," 90 Mich. L. Rev. 213 (1991).

"The Puzzling Resistance to Political Process Theory," 77 Va. L. Rev. 747 (1991).

"The Trade Union Political Levy, the Osborne Judgement (1909) and the South Wales Miners' Federation," 15 Welsh Hist. Rev. 34 (1990).

"Parliamentary Reversal of the Osborne Judgement," 32 Hist. J. 893 (1989).

"The Judges versus the Unions: The Development of British Labor Law, 1867-1913," 75 Va. L. Rev. 1487 (1989).

"Osborne: A Judgement Gone Too Far?" 103 Eng. Hist. Rev. 21 (1988).

Book Reviews:

"Rethinking the History of American Freedom" (reviewing Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom [1998]), 42 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 265 (2000).

"Review of Davidson & Grofman, eds., Quiet Revolution in the South," 82 J. Am. Hist. 849 (1995).

"Review of Ball & Cooper, Of Power and Right; Urofsky, Felix Frankfurter; and Yarbrough, John Marshall Harlan," 12 Law & Hist. Rev. 399 (1994).

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