Arnold H. Leon 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 is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the School of Law. Her research focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century. Goluboff teaches constitutional law, civil rights litigation, and courses in legal and constitutional history.
In addition to numerous shorter works, Goluboff is the author of two books. Her first book, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard, 2007), won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize. Her second book, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford, 2016) was supported by a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and a 2012 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press, 2008).
In 2008, Goluboff received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Award for excellence in faculty scholarship, and in 2011 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. Between 2011 and 2016, she directed the University’s JD-MA in History Dual Degree Program. Goluboff has served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Chicago and New York University law schools.
Prior to joining the Law School in 2002, 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.
Goluboff's "Vagrant Nation" Uncovers Rapid Revolution in Nation's Laws, Police Power
Scholarship Profile: A Legal Historian Committed to Contemporary Social Justice (Virginia Journal 2007)
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