Reuel Schiller

The Honorable Roger J. Traynor Chair and Professor of Law

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Professor Reuel Schiller’s teaching and scholarship focuses on American legal history, administrative law, and labor and employment law. He has written extensively about the legal history of the American administrative state, and the historical development of labor law and employment discrimination law. His most recent book, Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), won the American Society for Legal History’s John Phillip Reid Award and was an Honorable Mention for the Law and Society Association’s J. Willard Hurst Award. Schiller has also received the American Bar Association, Administrative Law Section’s scholarship award and the Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence.

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Professor Schiller is a co-editor of Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Legal History book series, and the convener of the American Society for Legal History’s Johnson Fellowship for first book authors. He is also serves on the editorial board of the Law and History Review.

Professor Schiller studied history as an undergraduate at Yale College. He obtained his law degree and history Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. After college he worked for the City of New York on immigration, criminal justice, education, and civil rights policy. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Following his clerkship, he was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law and a Louis Prashker Teaching Fellow at St. John’s University School of Law.

A native New Yorker, Professor Schiller lives in Albany, CA, with his wife, Jane Williams, and their children.


  • University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Ph.D., History

  • University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    M.A., History

  • University of Virginia School of Law
    J.D., Law

  • Yale University
    B.A., History

Selected Scholarship


  • Constitutional History: Race
  • Constitutional History: Framing
  • Labor Law