Special Guest Speaker


Heather Gerken

Incoming Dean of Yale Law School

Heather Gerken is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Gerken is one of the country’s leading experts on constitutional law and election law. A founder of the “nationalist school” of federalism, her work focuses on federalism, diversity, and dissent. Gerken will assume the deanship on July 1, 2017, serving as the 17th Dean of Yale Law School. She will be the first woman to serve in this role.

In his announcement to the community, President Salovey called Professor Gerken an “acclaimed educator” who will be an exemplary new dean for the Law School.

Hailed as an “intellectual guru” in the New York Times, Professor Gerken’s scholarship has been featured in The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, NPR, the New York Times, and Time. She has done substantial work on election reform, which has affected policy at a national level. In 2013, her proposal for creating a “Democracy Index”—a national ranking of election systems—was adopted by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which created the nation’s first Election Performance Index.

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