Risa L. Goluboff
- Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law
- Professor of History
Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century.
Goluboff is the author of The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard, 2007), which 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. It received the American Historical Association’s 2017 Littleton-Griswold Prize, the 2017 Lillian Smith Book Award, the 2017 John Phillip Reid Book Award and the 2016 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History, among other honors. Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press, 2008), and the author of numerous shorter works.
Goluboff has been quoted or cited by The New York Times, Time, The Atlantic and more, and she has appeared on PBS documentaries and the popular radio podcast “BackStory.” Her commentaries frequently appear in Slate.
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 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. From 2011 to 2016, she directed the University’s J.D.-M.A. in History Program. Goluboff has served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Chicago and New York University law schools. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2017.
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. She also served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa.
Scholarship Profile: A Legal Historian Committed to Contemporary Social Justice (Virginia Journal 2007)
- Ph.D.Princeton University2003
- J.D.Yale Law School2000
- M.A.Princeton University1999
- A.B.Harvard University1994
Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Civil Rights Stories (editor with Myriam Gilles) (Foundation Press, 2008).
The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard University Press, 2007).
Articles and Book Chapters:
“Obama’s Court?” (with Richard Schragger), in Julian E. Zelizer. ed., The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment (forthcoming, Princeton University Press).
“Panel Discussion on Saving the Neighborhood: Part II,” 56 Ariz. L. Rev. Syllabus 29 (2014).
"Lawyers, Law, and the New Civil Rights History," 126 Harv. L. Rev. 2312 (2013) (reviewing Kenneth W. Mack, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (2012)).
"The Thirteenth Amendment and a New Deal for Civil Rights," in Alexander Tsesis, ed., The Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment 119 (Columbia University Press, 2010)
"The Department of Justice and the Thirteenth Amendment," in Alexander Tsessis, ed.,The Promises of Liberty: Thirteenth Amendment Abolitionism (Columbia University Press, 2010).
The Lost Promise of Civil Rights, Historically Speaking, vol. VIII (2007).
“Civil Rights History Before, and Beyond, Brown,” in Why the Local Matters: Federalism, Localism, and Public Interest Advocacy 11 (Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School and the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, 2009).
"NAACP," "Peonage," "Workers' Defense League," in Eric Arnesen, ed., Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History (Routledge,1st ed. 2007, 2d ed. 2008).
"Brown v. Board of Education and the Lost Promise of Civil Rights," in Myriam Gilles and Risa Goluboff, eds., Civil Rights Stories 25 (Foundation Press, 2008).
“Peonage,” in David S. Tanenhaus, ed., Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan, 2008).
“Race, Labor and the Thirteenth Amendment in the 1940s Department of Justice,” 38 U. Tol. L. Rev. 883 (2007).
"The Unusual Journey of Vernon Lawhorn, Sam Austin, and the Green Brothers: Reverse Migration, Agricultural Work, and Rights Consciousness in World War II," in Eric Arnesen, ed., The Human Tradition in Labor History (SR Books, 2003).
"A Road Not Taken: The Thirteenth Amendment and the Lost Origins of Civil Rights," 50 Duke L.J. 1609 (2001), reprinted in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (Steven Saltzman ed. 2002).
"Won't You Please Help Me Get My Son Home?: Peonage, Patronage, and Protest in the World War II Urban South," 24 Law & Soc. Inquiry 777 (1999).
"The Historian as Peace Broker in the Legal Academy's Culture Wars: The Lessons of Sea Island Civil Rights for a Theory of Legal Instrumentalism," 5 J. S. Legal Hist. 33 (1997).
Book Note, "Reckoning with Race and Criminal Justice" (reviewing Jerome G. Miller, Search and Destroy: African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System), 106 Yale L.J. 2299 (1997).