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Bruce Arnold Ackerman (born August 19, 1943) is an Americanmarker constitutional law scholar. He is a Sterling Professor at Yale Law School and one of the most frequently cited legal academics in the country.


Ackerman graduated from the Bronx High School of Sciencemarker, received his B.A degree from Harvard Universitymarker in 1964 and LL.B degree from Yale Law School in 1967. He clerked for U.S Court of Appeals Judge Henry J. Friendly from 1967 to 1968, and then for US. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan II, U.S. Supreme Court, from 1968 to 1969.

Ackerman joined the faculty of University of Pennsylvaniamarker in 1969. He was a Professor at Yale Universitymarker from 1974 to 1982 and at Columbia University from 1982 to 1987. Since 1987 Ackerman has been the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale. He teaches classes at Yale on the concepts of justice and on his theories of constitutional transformation (i.e., the Constitution of the Founders was transformed by the Civil War/Reconstruction and the New Deal). His wife, Susan Rose-Ackerman, is also a professor at Yale Law School who teaches classes on administrative law. Their son, John M. Ackerman, is also an academic who lives and works in Mexico.


Bruce Ackerman is the author of fifteen books and more than eighty articles. His interests cover constitutional theory, political philosophy, comparative law and politics, law and economics, American constitutional history, the environment, and social justice.

His major works include:

We the People: Foundations is best known for its forceful argument that the "switch in time," whereby a particular member of the U.S.marker Supreme Courtmarker changed his judicial philosophy to one that permitted much more of the New Deal legislation in response to the so called court-packing plan, is an example of political determination of constitutional meaning.

With Anne Alstott he wrote The Stakeholder Society (ISBN 0300078269) in 1999 which served as a basis for introduction of Child Trust Funds in the United Kingdommarker.[271265]

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