Geoffrey Stone

Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor and Provost Emeritus

University of Chicago

Geoffrey Stone has been a member of the University of Chicago law faculty since 1973. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Stone served as Dean of the Law School, and from 1993 to 2002 he served as Provost of the University of Chicago. Mr. Stone received his undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1971 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Mr. Stone served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Stone was admitted to the New York Bar in 1972.

Mr. Stone teaches primarily in the areas of constitutional law and evidence, and writes principally in the field of constitutional law. His most recent books are Speaking Out! Reflections on Law, Liberty and Justice (2010); Top Secret:  When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark (2007) and War and Liberty: An American Dilemma (2007). Mr. Stone’s  Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism (2004) received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for 2005, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for 2004 as the best book in the field of history, the American Political Science Association's Kammerer Award for 2005 for the best book in Political Science, and Harvard University's 2005 Goldsmith Award for the best book in the field of Public Affairs.

Mr. Stone is currently chief editor of a fifteen-volume series, Inalienable Rights, which is being published by the Oxford University Press between 2006 and 2013.  Already published titles in the series have been written by such authors as Richard Posner, Mark Tushnet, Richard Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, Laurence Tribe, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Klarman, David Strauss, Lee Bollinger, Pamela Karlan, and Goodwin Liu.

Mr. Stone is working on a new book, Sexing the Constitution, which will explore the historical evolution in western culture of the intersection of sex, religion, and law.  His past works include Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era (2001), The Bill of Rights in the Modern State (1992), Constitutional Law (6th ed. 2009), and The First Amendment (3d ed. 2008). Mr. Stone also serves as an editor of the Supreme Court Review.

Among his many public activities, Mr. Stone is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society, a member of the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, a member of the American Law Institute,  and a member of the Straight for Equality Project of PFLAG. In the past, he has served as Chair of the Board of the Chicago Children's Choir, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the Board of Advisers of the National Association of Public Interest Law, a member of the Advisory Board of the Legal Aid Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the Renaissance Society, a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Museum, and a member of the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory.