Michael J. Klarman

Michael J. Klarman

Michael J. Klarman is the Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional history. He is the author of several books, including The Framers' Coup: The Making of the U.S. Constitution (2016), From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage (2012), and From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality (2004), which won the Bancroft Prize.


  • Brown and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Race and the Constitution in American History
  • Slavery and the Constitution
  • The Civil War and the Constitution
  • The Constitution as a Coup against Public Opinion
  • The Making of the U.S. Constitution
  • The Supreme Court and Civil Liberties in American History
  • The Supreme Court, Social Change, and Political Backlash
  • Why Brown v. Board of Education Was a Hard Case

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