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Risa Goluboff

Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century.  Dean Goluboff is the author of two award-winning books, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard, 2007), and Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford, 2016).  She is a recipient of the Law School’s Carl McFarland Award for excellence in faculty scholarship, and UVA’s All-University Teaching Award.  Dean Goluboff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.  She was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa.  Dean Goluboff received her A.B. from Harvard University, her M.A. from Princeton University, her J.D. from Yale Law School and her Ph.D. from Princeton.