Prof. Bertrall Ross
Bertrall Ross is Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School. The politics department at JFKI is very happy to welcome him as a visting professor and lecturer of the summer term 2022. Prof. Ross teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, constitutional theory, election law, administrative law and statutory interpretation.
Ross’ research is driven by a concern about democratic responsiveness and accountability, as well as the inclusion of marginalized communities in administrative and political processes. His past scholarship has been published in several books and journals, including the Columbia Law Review, New York University Law Review and the University of Chicago Law Review. Two of his articles were selected by the Yale/Harvard/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.
Prior to joining the Virginia faculty, Ross taught at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he received the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence. He has also been awarded the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the Princeton University Law and Public Affairs Fellowship, the Columbia Law School Kellis Parker Academic Fellowship and the Marshall Scholarship. Ross is currently serving on the Administrative Conference of the United States and the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court.
Ross earned his undergraduate degree in international affairs and history from the University of Colorado, Boulder; his graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs; and his law degree from Yale Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Myron Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.Education
- J.D.Yale Law School2006
- M.P.A.Princeton University School of Public and Internal Affairs2003
- M.Sc.London School of Economics2001
- B.A.University of Colorado Boulder1998
Summer Term 2022 at JFKI
The Law and Politics of Democracy in the United States, Bertrall Ross, Mondays, 10:00-12:00, (on 05/23, 05/30, 06/13, 06/20 and 06/27 also from 8:00-10:00 →block session, seminar room 340
- Constitutional Law
- Election Law
- Constitutional Theory
- Election Law Practicum, Notes Publishing Workshop
Ross’ research combines a concern with democratic responsiveness and a methodology integrating political theory and empirical social science into discussions of democratic design, legal doctrine, and the institutional role of courts. In the area of legislation, Ross explores how courts should reconcile legislative supremacy with the problem of interpreting statutes in contexts not foreseen by the enacting legislature. In election law, he examines the constitutional dimensions and the structural sources of how the poor are marginalized in the US political process.