Robert J. Cottrol

Portrait of Robert J. Cottrol
Title:
Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone:
202-994-5023
Fax:
202-994-9446
Email:
bcottrol@law.gwu.edu

Robert J. Cottrol joined the law school faculty in 1995 as a visiting professor of law of legal history. Previously, he taught at Rutgers University and Boston College, and had visited at the University of Virginia. As well as specializing in American legal history, Professor Cottrol has also taught torts and criminal law. His writings on law and history have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Law and Society Review, Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies and American Quarterly, among others.

He is the author of The Afro-Yankees: Providence’s Black Community in the Antebellum Era (selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book for 1983), editor of Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment (Book of the Month selection by the History Book Club), and From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England (1998). Professor Cottrol’s book Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture and the Constitution (2003) won the Langum Project Prize for Historical Literature in 2003 and was a “Book-of-the-Month” selection of the History Book Club. Most recently, he has authored The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere (2013).

He is currently doing research contrasting the role of law in the development of systems of slavery and racial hierarchy in the United States and Latin America. He has lectured on American law at the Federal Universities of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and the University of Buenos Aires and La Universidad del Museo Social in Argentina.

Publications

Education

BA, PhD, Yale University; JD, Georgetown University

In the News

"Las Vegas Shooting Spurs Gun-Control Calls, But 'Don't Hold Your Breath' For Reforms"

October 04, 2017

Robert J. Cottrol is quoted in CBC News about the Las Vegas massacre and the gun debate. 

Professor Cottrol on RTVS News (In Slovak)

October 03, 2017

Robert J. Cottrol appeared on RTVS News and spoke about gun control.

"Appeals Court Leaves Ruling in Place That Declared DC Concealed-Carry Law Unconstitutional"

October 03, 2017

Robert J. Cottrol is quoted in The Whim about a case that could affect gun laws.