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Joanna Grisinger

Assistant Professor of Instruction and Director of Undergraduate Studies

20th-century American legal and political history

Office: 620 Lincoln #201


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

Legal Studies GIFLS/ABF Grad/Faculty Reading Group
February 10, 20155:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Legal Studies Meet & Greet for Students interested in the Adjunct Major
February 23, 20154:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For general inquiries:

Prof. Laura Beth Nielsen
Program Director
620 Lincoln #204
Winter Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 9am - 12pm

Prof. Joanna Grisinger

Director of Undergraduate Studies
620 Lincoln #201
Winter Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12pm - 2pm

Ann Kelchner

Program Assistant
620 Lincoln #206
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


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November 25, 2014