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Joanna Grisinger

Senior Continuing Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies

20th-century American legal and political history

Office: Crowe Hall 1-111


Joanna Grisinger (J.D., University of Chicago, 1998; Ph.D. in History, University of Chicago, 2005) works in twentieth-century U.S. legal and political history, with a focus on the modern administrative state. She recently completed her first book, The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics since the New Deal (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She is also the author of “Law in Action: The Attorney General’s Committee on Administrative Procedure,” Journal of Policy History (2008), and has contributed an essay entitled “Law and the Administrative State” to the Companion to American Legal History (in the Blackwell Companions to American History series). From 2012-2014, she is serving on the Editorial Board of Law and Social Inquiry.

Current Research: Professor Grisinger is currently working on a project that examines the relationship between administrative agencies and the civil rights movement.

Teaching Interests: Professor Grisinger teaches courses on law and society, U.S. legal history, gender and the law, and constitutional law.

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Events

The Constitution: Then and Now
April 24, 20143:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Law in Motion Lecture
May 1, 20143:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Law in Motion Conference: Institutionalizing Dissent: From the Founding Fathers to Guantánamo
May 2, 20148:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For general inquiries:

Prof. Laura Beth Nielsen
Program Director
1808 Chicago Ave 209
Spring Quarter Office Hours:
Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:00pm

Prof. Joanna Grisinger

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Crowe 1-111
Spring Quarter Office Hours:
Tues, 2:00-5:00pm

Ann Kelchner

Program Assistant
Crowe 1-107
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:30-4:30pm


Legal Studies Photos

March 13, 2014