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. After the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017, Goluboff led the University-wide committee charged with recovering from and responding to the events.
Goluboff is the author of The Lost Promise of Civil Rights and Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s, which both received numerous honors. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American LawInstitute, Goluboff received the University of Virginia School of Law’s Carl McFarland Award for excellence in faculty scholarship in 2008, and the University of Virginia's All-University Teaching Award in 2011. She also holds appointments as Professor of History in the Corcoran Department of History, Faculty Affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies, and Faculty Senior Fellow at the Miller Center.
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 holds degrees from Harvard (A.B.), Princeton (M.A., Ph.D.), and Yale (J.D.) and served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa.
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