Jacob E. Gersen

Sidley Austin Professor of Law


Jacob Gersen is Sidley Austin Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Affiliate Professor in the Department of Government, and Director of the Food Law Lab, which supports academic research on the legal treatment of food in society. He is also the co-editor of Food Law & Policy and 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, regulation, arbitration, campus sexual misconduct, torts, remedies, 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 OnFoodlaw.org.  

Professor Gersen has served as an expert in confidential international arbitration matters, providing testimony related to the structure and content of federal regulation, administrative law, and tort law. He also serves as a consulting expert in disputes involving federal administrative agencies or Title IX proceedings in higher education. 

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