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Heather Gerken
Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Professor Gerken earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.  Upon graduation, Professor Gerken clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court.  In 2000, after practicing for several years at a firm specializing in constitutional litigation and election law, Professor Gerken became an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, where she was granted tenure and won the Sachs-Freund teaching award. She joined the Yale faculty in 2006. She is currently working on a book on the trans-substantive concept of “second-order diversity” in American public law.

Professor Gerken teaches courses each year on election law and has published numerous articles on the subject in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, Roll Call, and elsewhere. She has served as a commentator on election controversies for a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, NPR, the Lehrer News Hour, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC News.

Professor Gerken's research centers on questions of applied democratic theory, including the role groups play in a democratic system, the translation of institutional design choices into manageable legal doctrine, and the values associated with minority-dominated institutions. Her most recent scholarship explores questions of election reform, diversity, and dissent.

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