Paul Finkelman is the John E. Murray Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has published more than twenty-five books, more than one hundred and fifty articles, and numerous op-eds on the law of American slavery, the First Amendment, American race relations, American legal history, the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religion, and baseball and the law. Briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court have cited his work on religion and legal history as well as on the history of the second amendment. He was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case. He was also an expert witness in the lawsuit over the ownership of Barry Bonds’ 73rd homerun. In 2009, he helped secure a posthumous pardon for the Griffin Brothers, two African American men wrongly executed in South Carolina in 1915. He most recently published a biography of Millard Fillmore in the "American Presidents" series edited by Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Sean Wilentz and Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson (3rd edition, 2014).
- "A Well Regulated Militia": The Original Meaning of the Second Amendment
- Antisemitism and the Development of American Religious Freedom *
- Balancing Liberty and Security in our Democracy *
- Baseball and the Rule of Law
- Free Speech: The Key to Liberty *
- Freedom of Thought in America *
- How the Electoral College Protected Slavery *
- Nationalism, Nativism, and Fear in American History *
- Reconstruction and American Citizenship
- Reconstruction: The First Civil Rights Revolution
- Religious Persecution in American History: Quakers, Baptists, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses *
- The Civil War as a Constitutional Crisis
- The Reconstruction Amendments Then and Now
- The Tragedy of Andrew Johnson's Impeachment
- Ulysses S. Grant: Hero in War, Hero in Peace, and Hero in Civil Rights
- Understanding the Underground Railroad: Why We Love Antebellum Law Breakers
- Was John Brown America's First Terrorist?
- A Nation of Immigrants and a History of Anti-Immigrant Movement *
Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.