Jacob E. Gersen

Professor of Law


Professor Jacob Gersen is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Affiliate Professor in the Department of Government, and the Founder and Director of the Food Law Lab at the Petrie-Flom Center.  The Food Law Lab supports academic research on the legal treatment of food in society. He is also the co-editor of Food Law & Policy, a new casebook to be published by Wolters Kluwer.  Professor Gersen is currently working on a book titled From Court To Table about the relationship between law and food. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2011, he was Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.  He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in Public Policy from Brown University. His main areas of research and teaching are administrative law, food law, environmental law, torts, and constitutional theory.  In addition to publications in law reviews and political science journals, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, and his occasional blog CourtToTable.org.  

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