Laura Weinrib is the Fred N. Fishman Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A legal historian, she studies how social movements have transformed constitutional categories to pursue political and economic change. She is the author of The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise (Harvard University Press, 2016), which traces the emergence during the first half of the twentieth century of a constitutional and court-centered concept of civil liberties as a defining feature of American democracy. Her articles, essays, and book chapters have explored a wide range of subjects in American legal history, as well as constitutional law, labor law, and law and literature.
Weinrib is a 2003 graduate of Harvard Law School. She completed her PhD in history at Princeton University in 2011. In 2000, she received an AB in literature and an AM in comparative literature from Harvard University. After law school, Weinrib clerked for Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 2009 to 2010, she was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at the New York University School of Law. Before joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 2019, she was Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and an Associate Member of the University of Chicago Department of History.
- A.B. Literature Harvard College, 2000
- A.M. Comparative Literature Harvard University, 2000
- J.D. Harvard Law School, 2003
- Ph.D. History Princeton University, 2011
FavoriteLaura Weinrib, The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise (2016).
FavoriteLaura Weinrib, Civil Liberties Outside the Courts, 2014 Sup. Ct. Rev. 297.
FavoriteLaura Weinrib, The Sex Side of Civil Liberties: United States v. Dennett and the Changing Face of Free Speech, 30 Law & Hist. Rev. 325 (2012).
- Laura Weinrib, Breaking the Cycle: Rot and Recrudescence in American Constitutional History, 101 B.U. L. Rev. 1857 (2021).
- Laura Weinrib, Law and Legitimacy in A Farewell to Arms, in Cannons and Codes: Law, Literature, and America’s Wars (Alison LaCroix, Jonathan Masur, Martha Nussbaum & Laura Weinrib eds., Oxford U. Press, 2021).