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Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Daimler Fellow - Class of Spring 2015


Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. His extensive publications have influenced the fields of political philosophy, constitutional law, and environmental law, as well as current thought on issues of social justice in taxation, welfare, and public policy. His major works include Social Justice in the Liberal State (Yale, 1980), the multivolume constitutional history We the People (Harvard, 1991-2014), The Decline and Fall of the American Republic (Yale, 2010), The Failure of the Founding Fathers (Yale, 2005), and Before the Next Attack (Yale, 2006). His book The Stakeholder Society (Yale, 1999, with Anne Alstott) was a basis for Tony Blair’s introduction of child investment accounts in the United Kingdom. Ackerman’s many honors include Commander of the French Order of Merit and the American Philosophical Society’s Henry Phillips Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Jurisprudence, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rockefeller Fellowship in the Humanities. In 2010 he was named a Top 100 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine. Educated at Harvard University (BA) and Yale Law School (LLB), Ackerman is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.