Howard Gillman

Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

Professor of Law, Political Science, History and Criminology, Law & Society 

Howard Gillman


American constitutionalism, judicial politics


Howard Gillman, Ph.D., became University of California, Irvine's sixth chancellor on Sept. 18, 2014. He had previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor since June 2013 and interim chancellor since July 1, 2014.

An award-winning scholar and teacher, he has academic appointments in the departments of political science, history, law, and criminology, law & society.

Among his books are The Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Duke 1993), The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election (Chicago 2001), and American Constitutionalism (with Mark Graber and Keith Whittington). He has also co-edited two other volumes and authored more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has received many awards for his scholarship, and for teaching excellence and dedication to students.

Prior to his appointment at UCI, Gillman was a professor of political science, history and law at the University of Southern California. From 2007 to 2012, he was dean of the USC David & Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, the largest, oldest and most diverse academic unit at USC, with 33 departments, dozens of research centers and institutes, 7,000 undergraduates, 1,200 doctoral students, and nearly 800 faculty members with expertise in the humanities, social sciences, and physical, biological and natural sciences.

He has received a number of awards for his scholarly contributions, including the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in the field of public law and the American Judicature Society Award for best paper presented at a regional or national conference, both bestowed by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. He has chaired that section and been honored by it for exceptional service and mentoring.

His dedication to students and teaching has been recognized with honors such as the USC Dornsife’s General Education Teaching Award and the Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching – USC’s highest career achievement award, given to only two faculty members each year.

Prior Courses:

American Constitutional Development (graduate seminar); American Constitutional Law and Theory (graduate seminar); The Supreme Court (undergraduate lecture and graduate seminar); Law, Politics, and Public Policy (undergraduate lecture and graduate seminar); The Federal Judiciary; Constitutional Law - Separation of Powers; Constitutional Law - Fundamental Freedoms; Constitutional Law - Rights of the Accused; The Criminal Justice System; Jurisprudence; History of the Anglo-American Legal System; Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair, and Constitutional Democracy (senior seminar); The Founding of the American Constitution (senior seminar); Theories of Constitutional Interpretation (senior honors seminar); Law in Film; Introduction to American Politics; Contemporary Issues in American Politics (senior honors seminar); The American Presidency; Modern Times (an interdisciplinary general education course); Marxism and Pragmatism (graduate seminar)

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