Risa Goluboff

Dean, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, Professor of History, University of Virginia School of Law

Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. A nationally renowned legal historian, Goluboff focuses her scholarship and teaching on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century. She is the author of the award-winning “The Lost Promise of Civil Rights” and “Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s,” as well as numerous other works. In addition to serving as the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and a professor of history at UVA, she is an affiliated scholar at the university’s Miller Center and a faculty affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and a Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in support of her scholarship. In 2012, Goluboff was named a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. 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. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute.