Robert A. Kagan began teaching political science at Berkeley in 1974, and in 1988 he also became a member of the Boalt faculty. From 1993 to 2004, with an interval in 2001, he was Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Ohio State University, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. Kagan was appointed to the Emanuel S. Heller Chair in 2006.
Kagan’s recent publications include: Shades of Green: Business, Regulation and Environment (with Neil Gunningham and Dorothy Thornton, 2003); Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law (2001); Regulatory Encounters: Multinational Corporations and American Adversarial Legalism (co-edited with Lee Axelrad, 2000); Going by the Book: The Problem of Regulatory Unreasonableness (with Eugene Bardach, new printing, 2002); Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (co-edited with Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston, 2002); “Constitutional Litigation in the United States” in Constitutional Courts in Comparison (2002); “The Politics of Tobacco Regulation in the United States” (with William Nelson) in Regulating Tobacco (2001). He has also published empirical studies of the implementation of environmental law, regulatory decisionmaking and law enforcement, the legal profession, comparative legal institutions, waterfront labor relations, and compliance with various bodies of law.
A.B., Harvard University (1959)
LL.B., Columbia University (1962)
Ph.D., Yale University (1974)