J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Heather Gerken is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she founded and runs a clinic in local government law, and the incoming dean (July 1) of Yale University. Previously, she was on the Harvard law faculty and an appellate lawyer in Washington, DC. A leading expert on constitutional and election law, Gerken is a founder of the nationalist school of federalism, focusing on federalism, diversity, and dissent. Her scholarship has been featured in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, NPR, The New York Times, and TIME; her teaching has been honored at Yale, Harvard, and in the book, What the Best Law Teachers Do.