Gregory Elinson

Title: Assistant Professor of Law
Office Location: Swen Parson 196A
Office Phone: 815-753-1068
Email: elinson@niu.edu
Education: B.A., Harvard College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., Stanford Law School

Gregory Elinson is a public law scholar with wide-ranging interests in constitutional and administrative law and legislative and judicial procedure. Much of his research concerns how partisan politics and political polarization have shaped the separation of powers. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Vanderbilt Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, as well as several leading peer-reviewed social science journals, including Law and Social Inquiry and Studies in American Political Development.

Before coming to NIU in 2022, Professor Elinson was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School and an associate in Kirkland & Ellis’s Chicago office, where his practice focused on commercial and appellate litigation. Greg clerked for Judge David Barron on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Gary Feinerman on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard College.

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Publications & Book Chapters

  • Intraparty Conflict and the Separation of Powers, 75 U. Pa. J. Const. L. (forthcoming 2023).
  • The Politics of Deference (with Jonathan Gould), 75 Vand. L. Rev. 475 (2022).
  • When a Statute Comes With a User Manual: Reconciling Textualism and Uniform Acts (with Robert H. Sitkoff), 71 Emory L.J. 1073 (2021-2022).
  • Anatomy of Judicial Backlash: Southern Leaders, Massive Resistance and the Supreme Court, 1954-1958 (with Ruth Bloch Rubin), 43 Law & Soc. Inquiry 944 (2018).
  • Investigating the Relationship Between Courts and Parties: The Slaughterhouse Cases, 31 Stud. Am. Pol. Dev. 24 (2017).
  • Constitutional Litigation in the United States (with Robert A. Kagan), in Constitutional Courts in Comparison: The U.S. Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional Court (Ralf Rogowski and Thomas Gawron, eds., 2016).