OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Risa L. Goluboff

Portrait of Risa L. Goluboff

Risa L. Goluboff is the first female dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she is also the Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and a professor of history. Goluboff's scholarship focuses on the history of civil rights, labor, and constitutional law in the twentieth century. Her first book, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (2007), won the Order of the Coif Book Award and the Law and Society Association's James Willard Hurst Prize. She is also a coeditor of Civil Rights Stories (2008). Her Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (2016) received the American Historical Association’s Littleton-Griswold Prize, the Lillian Smith Book Award, the John Phillip Reid Book Award, and the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History, among other honors. A recipient of her university's All-University Teaching Award in 2011, she co-hosts the UVA Law School podcast “Common Law” and also chaired the university-wide committee charged with responding to the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

What does one do in the face of newly public, aggressive, and violent forms of white supremacy? How does one put what happened in Charlottesville in historical perspective? What new legal questions, involving the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and racial equality, need to be asked?