Legal History Faculty


The Law School faculty includes an unmatched array of scholars in legal history from a wide diversity of perspectives, methods, and specialties. View recent faculty activities and scholarship

 

Co-Directors

Lauren Benton
Barton M. Biggs Professor of History and Professor of Law

Lauren Benton is a comparative and world historian whose research focuses on the legal history of European empires and the history of international law. She is the Barton M. Biggs Professor of History at Yale, with a secondary appointment at the Law School.
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Elizabeth K. Hinton
Associate Professor of History & African American Studies and Professor of Law

Elizabeth Hinton is Associate Professor of History in the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies at Yale, with a secondary appointment as Professor of Law at the Law School.
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John H. Langbein
Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History and Professorial Lecturer in Law

John H. Langbein is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Legal History and Professorial Lecturer in Law. He is an eminent legal historian and a leading American authority on trust, probate, pension, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of Anglo-American and European legal history, modern comparative law, trust and estate law, and pension and employee benefit law (ERISA).
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Samuel Moyn
Professor of Law and Professor of History

Samuel Moyn is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor of History at Yale University. His areas of interest in legal scholarship include international law, human rights, the law of war, and legal thought, in both historical and current perspective. In intellectual history, he has worked on a diverse range of subjects, especially 20th-century European moral and political theory.
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Nicholas R. Parrillo
William K. Townsend Professor of Law

Nicholas R. Parrillo is the William K. Townsend Professor of Law at Yale, with a secondary appointment as Professor of History. He teaches administrative law, legislation, remedies, and American legal history, as well as seminars on public management and privatization.
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Claire Priest
Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law

Claire Priest is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her expertise is in Property and American Legal History.
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Reva Siegel
Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law

Professor Reva Siegel is the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution.
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James Q. Whitman
Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law

James Q. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. His subjects are comparative law, criminal law, and legal history.
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John Fabian Witt
Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law

John Fabian Witt is Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His most recent book, Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History, was awarded the 2013 Bancroft Prize, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, was selected for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012.
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Taisu Zhang
Professor of Law

Taisu Zhang is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His scholarship focuses on comparative legal history, specifically economic institutions in modern China and early modern Western Europe, comparative law, property law, and contemporary Chinese Law. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Zhang was an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Law, and has taught at Brown University, Peking University Law School, the Tsinghua University School of Law, and the University of Hong Kong. He holds three degrees from Yale: a B.A. in History and Mathematics, a J.D., and a Ph.D. in History.
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Faculty

Bruce Ackerman
Akhil Amar
Jack Balkin
Mirjan R. Damaška
Robert C. Ellickson
William N. Eskridge, Jr.
Owen M. Fiss
James Forman
Henry B. Hansmann
Oona A. Hathaway
Paul W. Kahn
Jerry L. Mashaw
John D. Morley
Robert C. Post
George L. Priest
Judith Resnik
Cristina Rodríguez
Carol M. Rose
Scott J. Shapiro

Affiliated Faculty

Sergei Antonov
Ned Blackhawk
David Blight
Daniel Botsman
Rohit De
Carolyn J. Dean
Marcela Echeverri
Beverly Gage
Gary B. Gorton
Jacob Hacker
Naomi Lamoreaux
Noel Lenski
Mary Lui
Joseph Manning
Isaac Nakhimovsky
Ed Rugemer
Paul Sabin
Anders Winroth