John Allan Love Professor of Law; Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law; Professor of History
Ph.D., Princeton University, 2003
J.D., Yale Law School, 2000
M.A., Princeton University, 1999
A.B., Harvard University, 1994
Risa Goluboff studies 20th-century American legal and constitutional history. Her first book, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard University Press, 2007), won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize. Goluboff has received a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and a 2012 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support her current book project, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016). Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press, 2008).
Goluboff teaches constitutional law, civil rights litigation, and legal and constitutional history, and she directs UVA’s joint J.D.-M.A. program in history. In 2011, she received the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. She is an affiliated GAGE scholar at the Miller Center and a faculty affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. In 2012, Goluboff was named a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.
Prior to joining the Law School, Goluboff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Scholarship Profile: A Legal Historian Committed to Contemporary Social Justice (Virginia Journal 2007)