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Laura Weinrib

  • Law
  • Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Fred N. Fishman Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School
Portrait of Laura Weinrib
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Laura Weinrib is a Suzanne Young Murray Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and Fred N. Fishman Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School. 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 20th 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. 

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