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Richard A. Primus

Richard A. Primus joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2001.  

Richard Primus teaches the law, theory, and history of the U.S. Constitution. In the landmark 2009 Supreme Court case Ricci v. DeStefano, Justices in both the majority and the dissent cited his work. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on the relationship between history and constitutional interpretation. Primus graduated from Harvard College with an A.B., summa cum laude, in social studies. He then earned a D.Phil. in politics at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and the Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College. After studying law at Yale, Primus clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He then practiced law at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block before joining the Michigan faculty in 2001. In 2010, he was awarded the L. Hart Wright Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the Law School Student Senate. He has taught as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, and the University of Tokyo.


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