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Peter H. Irons

Emeritus Professor of Political Science

Irons is the author of numerous books on the Supreme Court and constitutional litigation, including The New Deal LawyersJustice at WarThe Courage of Their ConvictionsJustice Delayed ; May It Please the CourtBrennan Vs. Rehnquist: The Battle for the Constitution; and, most recently, A People’s History of the Supreme Court(1999) and Jim Crow’s Children: The Broken Promise of the Brown Decision (2002). He has also contributed to numerous law reviews and other journals. He was chosen in 1988 as the first Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Rutgers University. He has been invited to lecture on constitutional law and civil liberties at the law schools of Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, and more than twenty other schools. In addition to his academic work, Professor Irons has been active in public affairs. He is a practicing civil rights and liberties attorney, and was lead counsel in the 1980s in the successful effort to reverse the World War Two criminal convictions of Japanese-Americans who challenged the curfew and relocation orders. He was also elected to two terms on the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union.


Ph.D. Boston University, 1973
J.D. Harvard Law School, 1978
Public Law and Politics