Robert A. Ferguson

George Edward Woodberry Professor Emeritus in Law, Literature, and Criticism

Office: 521 Jerome Greene Hall
Mailbox B-23
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-7992
Fax: 212-854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Gabriel Soto
Phone: 212-854-0522
  • A.B., Harvard, 1964
  • J.D., 1968
  • Ph.D., 1974

Detailed Biography

On the faculty of the University of Chicago, 1978-89; Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, 1987-89; has also taught at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1989. Academic honors and prizes include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987-88), a Fellowship to the National Humanities Center (1994-95), and the Willard Hurst Award for Legal History from the Law and Society Association as well as the distinguished teaching awards at the University of Chicago (1982), Columbia University (1998), and Columbia Law School (2003).


Law and Letters in America Life (1987), The American Enlightenment, 1750-1820 (1997), Reading the Early Republic (2004), Edition of The Federalist (2006), The Trial in American Life (2007), Alone in America: The Stories That Matter (2013), Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment (2014), and Practice Extended: Beyond Law and Literature (Columbia  University Press in January of 2016), as well as numerous articles in American literature, legal history, and the relationship of law and legal institutions to the art of writing.