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. 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, and Forbes.
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 serves as a consulting expert in disputes involving federal administrative agencies, Title IX proceedings in higher education, and food litigation. He also occasionally acts as counsel in matters ranging from defamation, to entertainment law, to contract disputes.
- J.D. University of Chicago Law School, 2004
- Ph.D. Political Science University of Chicago, 2001
- M.A. Political Science University of Chicago, 1998
- A.B. Public Policy Brown University, 1996
FavoriteJacob Gersen & Jeannie Suk Gersen, Governing Sex through Bureaucracy, in Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field 159 (Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Rachel Rebouché & Hila Shamir eds., 2019).
FavoriteJacob E. Gersen & Jeannie Suk, Timing of Consent, in The Timing of Lawmaking 149 (Frank Fagan & Saul Levmore eds., 2017).
FavoriteJacob E. Gersen & Christopher Berry, Agency Design and Political Control, 126 Yale L.J. 1002 (2017).
FavoriteJacob E. Gersen & Adrian Vermeule, Essay, Delegating to Enemies, 112 Colum. L. Rev. 2193 (2012).
- Jacob E. Gersen, If We Are What We Eat, We Don’t Know Who We Are, N.Y. Times, July 7, 2023 (review of Chris van Tulleken, Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn’t Food, 2023).