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Department of Political Science

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356 Commons Center and 246 Law School

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By appointment: email


J.D., Yale University

M.A., Elementary and Secondary Education, City College of New York


American Politics
Political Theory


Law; Administrative Governance; Legal Theory

Curriculum Vitae

Edward Rubin

University Professor
University Professor of Law

Edward Rubin conducts interdisciplinary research in law and political science. He received his BA from Princeton and his JD from Yale. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Judge Jon Newman and practicing entertainment law in New York City, he joined the law school faculty at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1982. There, he began working with political scientists in the Law School's interdisciplinary Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, and wrote two books and numerous articles with his main collaborator, Malcolm Feeley. Rubin served as Associate Dean at Boalt Hall for two years. In 1998, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In July 2005, he became Dean of Vanderbilt Law School, and led an initiative to reform the law school curriculum. He was appointed University Professor of Law and Political Science in 2009. Rubin's research focuses on the advent of the administrative state and its effects on law, governance, and concepts of politics and morality. He has also written in the areas of financial services, prisons and punishment theory, and legal scholarship. He has served as a consultant on administrative law to the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China.



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