David M. Rabban

  • Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail and Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair; University Distinguished Teaching Professor



  • Law’s History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Visit Cambridge Press
  • Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997).


  • The Regrettable Underenforcement of Incompetence as Cause to Dismiss Tenured Faculty [Symposium: Academic Freedom for the Next 100 Years], 91 Indiana Law Journal 39 (2015).
  • American Responses to German Legal Scholarship: From the Civil War to World War I, 1 Comparative Legal History 13 (2013).
  • Melville M. Bigelow: Boston University's Neglected Pioneer of Historical Legal Scholarship in America, 91 Boston University Law Review 1 (2011). View Article
  • From Maine to Maitland via America, 68 The Cambridge Law Journal 410 (2009).
  • Presentation by David Rabban [Symposium: Free Speech in Wartime Conference], 36 Rutgers Law Journal 947 (2005).
  • The Historiography of the Common Law, 28 Law & Social Inquiry 1161 (2003).
  • The Historiography of Late Nineteenth-Century American Legal History, 4 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 541 (2003). <http://www.bepress.com/til/default/vol4/iss2/art5>
  • Gerald Gunther: Generous Mentor [Tribute to Professor Gerald Gunther], 55 Stanford Law Review 669 (2002).
  • Academic Freedom, Individual or Institutional?, Academe, Nov.-Dec. 2001, at 16.
  • Free Speech: The Lost Years, 25 Journal of Supreme Court History 145 (2000).
  • Free Speech in Progressive Social Thought, 74 Texas Law Review 951 (1996).
  • Aliens and Dissenters, by William Preston, 37 Labor History 127 (1996).
  • The IWW Free Speech Fights and Popular Conceptions of Free Expression Before World War I, 80 Virginia Law Review 1055 (1994).
  • Does Professional Education Constrain Academic Freedom?, 43 Journal of Legal Education 358 (1993).
  • The Free Speech League, the ACLU, and Changing Conceptions of Free Speech in American History, 45 Stanford Law Review 47 (1992).
  • Is Unionization Compatible With Professionalism?, 45 Industrial & Labor Relations Review 97 (1991).
  • Can American Labor Law Accommodate Collective Bargaining by Professional Employees?, 99 Yale Law Review 689 (1990).
  • A Functional Analysis of "Individual" and "Institutional" Academic Freedom Under the First Amendment, 53 Law & Contemporary Problems 227 (1990).
  • Distinguishing Excluded Managers From Covered Professionals Under the NLRA, 89 Columbia Law Review 1775 (1989).
  • Does Academic Freedom Limit Faculty Autonomy?, 66 Texas Law Review 1405 (1988).
  • The Ahistorical Historian: Leonard Levy on Freedom of Expression in Early American History, 37 Stanford Law Review 795 (1985).
  • The Emergence of Modern First Amendment Doctrine, 50 University of Chicago Law Review 1205 (1983).
  • The First Amendment in Its Forgotten Years, 90 Yale Law Journal 514 (1981).
  • Note, Judicial Review of the University-Student Relationship: Expulsion and Governance, 26 Stanford Law Review 95 (1973).


  • Campus Hate Speech on Trial, by Timothy C. Shiell, 86 Journal of American History 338 (1999).
  • Can Academic Freedom Survive Postmodernism? 86 California Law Review 1377 (1998) (reviewing The Future of Academic Freedom, Louis Menand ed.).
  • Learned Hand, by Gerald Gunther, 82 Journal of American History 300 (1995).
  • Make No Law, by Anthony Lewis, 79 Journal of American History 738 (1992).
  • Academic Unionism in British Universities, by Archie Kleingartner & Evelyn Hunt, 41 Industrial & Labor Relations Review 628 (1988).
  • The State and the Unions: Labor Relations, Law and the Organized Labor Movement in America, 1860-1960, by Christopher Tomlins, 54 University of Chicago Law Review 407 (1987).
  • Values and Assumptions in American Labor Law, by James B. Atleson, 84 Columbia Law Review 1118 (1984).


  • Professors Beware: The Evolving Threat of Institutional Academic Freedom, in Academic Freedom in Conflict, 23 (James Turk, ed., James Lorimer & Company LTD, 2014).
  • Methodology in Legal History: From the History of Free Speech to the Role of History in Transatlantic Legal Thought, in Making Legal History, 88 (Anthony Musson & Chantal Stebbings, Eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Bad Tendency Test, and Clear and Present Danger Test; in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (Kermit L. Hall ed.; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • Academic Freedom, in 1 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 21 (2nd ed.; Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds; New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2000).
  • Roe, Gilbert Ernstein, and Schroeder, Theodore, in American National Biography (24 vols.; John A. Garraty & Mark C. Carnes eds.; New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Arbitration of Disputes Over Professional Standards, in Arbitration 1994: Controversies and Continuity 194 (G. Greenberg ed.; Washington, D.C.: BNA, 1994).
  • Academic Freedom, Professionalism, and Intramural Speech, in Academic Freedom: An Everyday Concern 77 (E. Benjamin & D. Wagner eds.; Josey-Bass, 1994).
  • A Functional Analysis of "Individual" and "Institutional" Academic Freedom Under the First Amendment, in Freedom and Tenure in the Academy 227 (William W. Van Alstyne ed.; Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1993).
  • Bad Tendency Test, and Clear and Present Danger, in The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States 54, 158 (Kermit L. Hall ed.; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).
  • The Original Meaning of Free Speech of the First Amendment, in The United States Constitution: the First 200 Years 36 (Richard C. Simmon ed.; Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press, in association with the Fulbright Commission, 1989).
  • Academic Freedom and the Constitution, in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds.; New York: Macmillan, 1986).

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