Gerald Rosenberg

Gerald Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Political Science

Gerald N. Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Political Science. He has taught at Yale University, Northwestern University School of Law as the Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, the National Law School of India University, and at the Law School of Xiamen University in China as a Fulbright Professor. He has served as a Visiting Fellow in the Law Program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He graduated from Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree in politics and philosophy from Oxford, a law degree from Michigan, and a doctorate in Political Science from Yale. His work focuses on the interaction between courts, social movements, and the larger society. A member of the Washington, DC bar, his work has appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, the University of Virginia Law Review, NOMOS, Supreme Court Review, and other law reviews and journals. He has contributed to multiple edited collections and is the author of The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? and a textbook on American Government.  His awards include the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Laing Prize from the University of Chicago Press, and the Teaching and Mentoring Award as well as the Wadsworth Award from the American Political Science Association.

EDUCATION

Yale University
PhD in political science, 1985

University of Michigan Law School
JD, 1983

Oxford University
BA/MA in politics and philosophy, 1979

EXPERIENCE

The University of Chicago
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, 1992-present
Lecturer, 1990-present
Co-founder and Co-director, Law and Social Science Program, Law School, 2000-2002
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, 1992-1995; 1999-2000
Visiting Associate Professor, fall 2006
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, 1985-1992

India University Bangalore, India
Visiting Professor, National Law School, September 2013-September 2014

Xiamen University Xiamen, Fujian, China
Fulbright Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School, 2002-2003

Northwestern University Law School
Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, January-May 2001

Yale University
Acting Instructor, spring 1983

Books (Author)

  • The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? (rev. 2nd ed.) (University of Chicago Press, 2008) (Chinese language edition, 2003).cu
  • Thinkwell's American Government: A Mulit-Media Course (Thinkwell, 2001) (with Mark Rom & Matthew Dickinson).cu
  • The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? (1st ed.) (University of Chicago Press, 1991).cu

Book Sections

  • "Gerald Rosenberg and The Hollow Hope," in Conducting Law and Society Research: Reflections on Methods and Practices, Simon Halliday & Patrick Schmidt eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2009) (interview with Gerald Rosenberg). cu
  • "Judicial Independence and the Reality of Political Power," in Readings in American Politics, Richard Valelly ed. (Princeton University Press, 2009). cu
  • "Substituting Symbol for Substance: What Did Brown Really Accomplish?," in American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Allan Cigler & Burdett Loomis eds. (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007). cu
  • "The Politics of Consent: Party Incentives in Institutional Reform Consent Decrees," in Consent and Its Discontents: Policy Issues in Consent Decrees, Andrew Rachlin ed. (Policy Research Institute for the Region, 2006). cu
  • "Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Development Corp.," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "The Impact of Courts on American Life," in Benchmark: Judging Courts in American Democracy, Kermit L. Hall & Kevin McGuire eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "Washington v. Davis," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feaney," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "Housing Discrimination," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "Skinner v. Raliway Labor Executives Association," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "Mobile v. Holden," in Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely & Joel B. Grossman eds. (Oxford University Press, 2005). cu
  • "The Sorrow and the Pity: Kent State, Political Dissent, and the Misguided Worship of the First Amendment," in The boundaries of freedom of expression & order in American democracy, Thomas R. Hensley ed. (Kent State University Press, 2001). cu
  • "Constitutional Cants," in Beyond the Republic : Meeting the Global Challenges to Constitutionalism, Charles Sampford & Tom Round eds. (Federalism Press, 2001). cu
  • "Hope and Despair - First Amendment Doctrine, Human Nature, and the Protection of Political Dissent," in The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression & Order in American democracy, Thomas R. Hensley ed. (Kent State University Press, 2001). cu
  • "The Autonomy of Local Courts from Central Power: The U. S. Experience," in Justice and Self-Government, Virginia Salaberria ed. (International Institute for the Sociology of Law, 2000) (in Spanish and Basque). cu
  • "Courts and Social Change, I," in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds. (Macmillan, 2000). cu
  • "Knowledge and Desire: Thinking About Courts and Social Change," in Leveraging the Law: Using Courts to Achieve Social Change, Peter Lang & David Schultz eds. (P. Lang, 1998). cu
  • "The Irrelevant Court: The Supreme Court's Inability to Influence Popular Beliefs about Equality (or anything else)," in Redefining Equality, Neal Devins & Dave Douglas eds. (Oxford, 1998). cu
  • "The Real World of Constitutional Rights : The Supreme Court and the Implementation of the Abortion Decisions," in Contemplating Courts, Lee Epstein ed. (CQ Press, 1995). cu
  • "The Real World of Democratic Community: A Reply to Robert Post," in Democratic Community, John William Chapman ed. (NYU Press, 1993). cu

Journal Articles

  • "The Broken-Hearted Lover: Erwin Chemerinsky's Longings for a Mythical Court," 65 Vanderbilt Law Review 1075 (2016). cu
  • "The Surprising Resilience of State Opposition to Abortion: The Supreme Court, Federalism, and the Role of Intense Minorities in the U.S. Politics System," 34 Saint Louis University Public Law Review 241 (2015). cu www
  • "Checkmate Moves (reviewing Martin J. Sweet, Merely Judgment: Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court (2010))," 74 Review of Politics 136 (2012). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Martha Minow, In Brown's Wake: Legacies of America's Educational Landmark (2010))," 9 Perspectives on Politics 926 (2011). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Mark C. Miller, The View of the Courts from the Hill: Interactions Between Cognress and the Federal Judiciary (2009))," 126 Political Science Quarterly 151 (2011). cu
  • "'Much Ado About Nothing'?: The Emptiness of Rights' Claims in the Twenty-First Century United States," 48 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 1 (2009). cu
  • "Wonder of It All," 45 Tulsa Law Review 679 (2009). cu
  • "Saul Alinsky and the Litigation Campaign to Win the Right to Same-Sex Marriage," 42 John Marshall Law Review 643 (2009). cu
  • "Romancing the Court," 89 Boston University Law Review 563 (2009). cu
  • "Tilting at Windmills: Brown II and the Hopeless Quest to Resolve Deep-Seated Social Conflict through Litigation," 24 Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice 31 (2006). cu
  • "Courting Disaster: Looking for Change in All the Wrong Places," 54 Drake Law Review 795 (2005). cu
  • "Substituting Symbol for Substance: What Did Brown Really Accomplish?," 37 PS: Political Science and Politics 205 (2004). cu
  • "Brown and Its Impact on Schools and American Life: A Dialogue," 19 Focus on Law Studies 1 (2004). cu
  • "The 1964 Civil Rights Act: The Crucial Role of Social Movements in the Enactment and Implementation of Anti-Discrimination Law," 49 Saint Louis University Law Journal 1147 (2004). cu
  • "The Road Taken: Robert A. Dahl's Decision-Making in a Democracy: The Supreme Court as a National Policy-Maker," 50 Emory Law Journal 613 (2001). cu
  • "Across the Great Divide (Between Law and Political Science)," 3 Green Bag 267 (2000). cu www
  • "Bringing Politics Back In (reviewing Lucas A. Powe, Jr., The Warren Court and American Politics (2000))," 95 Northwestern University Law Review 309 (2000). cu
  • "Incentives, Reputation, and the Glorious Determinants of Judicial Behavior," 68 University of Cincinnati Law Review 637 (1999). cu
  • "We the People: Transformations," 2 Green Bag 209 (1999). cu
  • "Civil Rights After Brown," Journal of Supreme Court History __ (1999). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Laura Kalman, The Strange Career of Legal Liberalism (1996))," 7 Law and Politics Book Review 356 (1997). cu
  • "The Implementation of Constitutional Rights: Insights from Law and Economics," 64 University of Chicago Law Review 1215 (1997). cu
  • "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Right: The First Amendment in the High Court of Australia," 1997 Supreme Court Review 439 (1997) (with John M. Williams). cu
  • "Positivism, Interpretivism, and the Study of Law Review," 21 Law and Social Inquiry 435 (1996). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing David J. Garrow, Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (1994))," 23 Contemporary Sociology 656 (1994). cu
  • "The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model," 4 Law and Courts 6 (1994). cu
  • "Brown is Dead - Long Live Brown: The Endless Attempt to Canonize a Case Twentieth-Century Constitutional History," 80 Virginia Law Review 161 (1994). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Lee Epstein & Joseph F. Kobylka, The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty (1992))," 87 Americna Political Science Review 1024 (1993). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Frank R. Kemerer, William Wayne Justice: A Judicial Biography (1991))," 2 Law and Politics Book Review 89 (1992). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Hugh Graham Davis, The Civil Rights Era: Origins and Development of National Policy (1990))," 102 Ethics 429 (1992). cu
  • "Judicial Independence and the Reality of Political Power," 54 Review of Politics 369 (1992). cu
  • "Do Courts Matter?," Law and Courts 8 (1992). cu
  • "Hollow Hopes and Other Aspirations: A Reply to Feeley and McCann," 17 Law and Social Inquiry 761 (1992). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Branch Taylor, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 (1988))," 100 Ethics 707 (1990). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing William Lasser, The Limits of Judicial Power: The Supreme Court in American Politics (1988))," 100 Ethics 706 (1990). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Louis Fisher, Constitutional Dialogues: Interpretation as Political Process (1988))," 100 Ethics 458 (1990). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Michael Davis and Frederick A. Elliston, eds., Ethics and the Legal Profession (1986))," 98 Ethics 212 (1987). cu
  • "China 1: A Model of Growth for the People's Republic of China," 23 Simulation 133 (1974) (with William Brinton & John Wolfe) (Selected by Simulation as its most outstanding article of 1974). cu

Other Publications

  • "Preserving Segregation and White-Washing Racism (reviewing Anders Walker, The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights (2009))," H-Law, H-Net Reviews, April 2010. www
  • "High Court Nominees: The Family Debate," Chicago Tribune, October 4, 2005, at p. 1-23.
  • "What the Court Can't Do," New York Times, September 22, 1991, at p. 4-17.

MEMBERSHIPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Trustee, Farm & Wilderness Foundation (July 2008-present)
  • Bar admissions, District of Columbia (1984-present)

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Teaching and Mentoring Award, American Political Science Association Law Courts Section (2014)
  • Wadsworth Award, American Political Science Association (2003)
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University Research School of Social Sciences Law Program (1995-1996)
  • Parsons Visiting Academic Scholar, University of Sydney (May 1996)
  • Gordon J. Laing Prize, University of Chicago Press (1993)
  • Llewellyn John & Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago (1993)
  • D. Francis Bustin Prize, University of Chicago Law School (1992)
  • John M. Olin Faculty Fellowship (1989-1990)
  • Law & Government FEllow, University of Chicago Law SChool (1989-1990)
  • CQ Award, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (1985)

EVENTS

  • Member, Annenberg Commission on the Future of the Judiciary in American Democracy (2003-2005)
  • Member, Planning Committee, Law & Society Annual Conference (2002)
  • Member, Planning Committee, Conference on the Scientific Study of Courts (1994-2000)
  • Division Chair, Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence, American Political Science Association Annual Convention (August 31-September 3, 2000)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Block Fund COnference on New Media Technology and Politics, Yale University (spring 1983)

SERVICE

  • College Discipline Committee, University of Chicago (September 2009-present)
    Chair (September 2012-present, on leave 2013-2014)
    Associate Chair (September 2011-September 2012)
  • Graduate Prizes, Fellowships and Awards Committee, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1997-2000; 2009-present)
  • Graduate Placement Director, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1996-2000; 2004-present)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1985-1989; 1998-1999; 2001-2002; 2007-2008)
    Chair (1994-1995)
  • British Scholarship Committee, University of Chicago (September 2000-2007)
  • Council on Teaching, University of Chicago (1998-2001)
  • College Council, University of Chicago (1992-1995; 1998-2001)
  • College Standing Committee on Admissions, University of Chicago (1999-2003)
  • Dean Search Committee, New Collegiate Division of the College, University of Chicago (spring 2004, 2007, and 2010)
  • Founder and Co-director, Workshop on American Politics, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1986-2002)
  • Co-founder and Co-director, Law and Social Science Program, University of Chicago Law School (2000-2002)
  • Chair, C. Herman Pritchett Award Committee (2000)
  • Director of Graduate Studies, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1992-1995; 1999-2000)
  • Graduate Curriculum Review Committee, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1994-1995, 1999-2000)
    Chair (1994-1995)
  • Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Division of Social Search Committee, University of Chicago (spring 1999)
  • Division of Social Sciences and of the College Deputy Dean Search Committee, University of Chicago (spring 1999)
  • Chicago Teaching Program Group Leader and Presenter, University of Chicago (1988, 1993, 1997, 2009)
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1996-1997)
  • American Politics Search Committee, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1996-1997)
  • Graduate Fellowship and In-Residence Committee, University of Chicago Department of Political Science (1998-1999; ex officio 1992-1995)
  • Council on Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Chicago (1992-1994)
  • Goettler Prize Committee, University of Chicago (1985-1986; 1996-1997)
  • Master of Liberal Arts Faculty Advisory Committee for the Social Sciences, University of Chicago (1992-1994)
  • Mellon Foundation Fellowship Committee, University of Chicago (1992-1995; 1999-2000)
  • Social Science Divisional Research Grant Committee, University of Chicago (1990-1992)
  • Truman Scholarship Committee, University of Chicago (1986-1989)

EDITORIAL WORK

  • College Education Program Advisory Board, New York Times (1997-2003)
  • Editorial advisory board, Law & Society Review (January 1998-2001)
  • Editorial board, Law and Courts (1994-1995)
  • Referee/Manuscript Reviewer, National Science Foundation; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Bedford/St. Martin's Press; Cambridge University Press; University of Chicago Press; Congressional Quarterly Press; New York University Press; Pearson/Longman; University of North Carolina Press; Oxford University Press; Yale University Press; W.W. Norton; Westview Press
  • Referee/Manuscript Reviewer, American Journal of Political Science; American Journal of Sociology; American Political Science REview; Comparative Politics; Harvard Law Review; Israeli Law Review; Journal of Health Politics; Journal of Law & Economics; Journal of Law, Economics & Organization; Journal of Politics; Journal of Policy History; Judicature; Justice System Journal; Law and History Review; Law & Policy; Law & Social Inquiry; Law & Society Review; Perspectives on Politics; Policy Studies Journal; Political Research Quarterly; Political Science Quarterly; Polity; Rationality and Society; Review of Politics; Studies in American Political Development; Western Political Quarterly

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • Commentator, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (January-November 1996)