Gerald N. Rosenberg

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Gerald N. Rosenberg (born 1954) is a University of Chicago political science and law professor, and the author of the 1991 controversial book The Hollow Hope (ISBN 0-226-72703-3), revised 2nd edition, 2008 (ISBN-13: 978-0226726717). The Hollow Hope challenges the widely held belief that the U.S. Supreme Court is an effective agent of social change. Through extensive empirical work, Rosenberg builds an argument that the Supreme Court is structurally constrained from producing social change even when social change plaintiffs win their cases. Focusing on famous Supreme Court cases, particularly Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade, The Hollow Hope argues that they didn’t produce the changes their proponents claim for them.

The Hollow Hope was awarded the Gordon J. Laing Award from the University of Chicago Press in 1993 for a book published by a University of Chicago faculty member that brings the greatest distinction to the Press. It was also given the Wadsworth Award by the Law-Courts section of the American Political Science Association (for a publication ten years or older that has made a lasting contribution) in 2003. In addition, Rosenberg is a 1993 recipient of the Llewellyn John & Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Chicago.

A Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Dartmouth College, he holds an M.A. degree in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University, a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. He is also a member of the Washington, D.C. bar.

He is the lead author of an innovative video textbook on American Politics, American Government (with Mark Rom & Matthew Dickinson) (Thinkwell, Austin, Texas, 2001, revised edition, 2007), as well as over thirty articles and book chapters.

Rosenberg spent the 2013-14 academic year as a Visiting Professor at the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. In the 2002-2003 academic year he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach U.S. Constitutional Law at the Law School of Xiamen University in Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China. He has also served as a Visiting Fellow in the Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1995-1996.

He has lectured extensively, including at the U.S. Supreme Court and in venues in Australia, Canada, China, India and Spain.

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