William Eskridge

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William N. Eskridge, Jr., (born October 27, 1951, Princeton, West Virginia[1]) is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School.[2] He is spending the spring semester of the 2011-12 academic year as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the law faculty from 1987-98.[3][4] After earning an A.B. at Davidson College in 1973, he completed an M.A. in History at Harvard University before earning his J.D. at Yale Law in 1978.[4] He clerked for Edward Weinfeld the following year.[1] His work on constitutional law, legislation and statutory interpretation, and protections based on sexual orientation is well regarded and frequently cited.

In 1994, Eskridge was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship.[5]



  • Dynamic Statutory Interpretation (1994)[6]
  • The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: From Sexual Liberty to Civilized Commitment (1996)[7]
  • Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet (1999)[8]
  • Legislation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy (2001, 3rd ed., with Philip P. Frickey and Elizabeth Garrett)
  • Equality Practice: Civil Unions and the Future of Gay Rights (2001)
  • Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? (2006, with Darren R. Spedale)
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (2006, 2nd. ed.)
  • Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America, 1861-2003 (2008)
  • A Republic of Statutes: The New American Constitution (2010, with John Ferejohn)
  • Sexuality, Gender and the Law (2011, with Nan Hunter, 3rd ed.)


  1. ^ a b Newton, David E. (2010-09-02). Same-Sex Marriage: A Reference Handbook. ABC-CLIO. pp. 144–. ISBN 9781598847079. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Eskridge's biography at Yale Law School
  3. ^ Eskridge's biography at Georgetown University Law Center
  4. ^ a b Eskridge's CV
  5. ^ "William N. Eskridge". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Henschen, Beth M. (July 1995). "DYNAMIC STATUTORY INTERPRETATION (review)". Law & Politics Book Review, v. 5 no. 7. pp. 195–196. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Neil A. (8 September 1996). "A Modest Proposal". The New York Times. p. 14. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Gaylaw: Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet (review)". The Virginia Quarterly Review. April 1, 2000. Retrieved 20 May 2012.