Lee C. Bollinger

President, Columbia University; Professor of Law

Lee C. Bollinger

President, Columbia University; Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise
  • Free speech
  • First amendment issues


  • B.A., Oregon, 1968
  • J.D., Columbia, 1971

Detailed Biography

Articles editor, Columbia Law Review. Clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Chief Justice Warren Burger on the United States Supreme Court. Joined faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in 1973. Named dean of University of Michigan Law School in 1987. Named Provost of Dartmouth College and Professor of Government in 1994. Named President of University of Michigan in 1996. Named the nineteenth President of Columbia University in 2002.


Widely published on legal and constitutional issues involving free speech and press, Bollinger’s books include: Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era; Images of a Free Press; The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America; and Contract Law in Modern Society: Cases and Materials. In January 2010, his most recent work, Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century, was published by Oxford University Press.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society. Awards: National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice; the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc; Clark Kerr Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

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