Congratulation to Paul Finkelman, PhD'76. Gratz College's Board of Governors appointed him as the institution's eleventh president. Founded in 1895, Gratz is the oldest independent and pluralistic college for Jewish studies in North America.


A legal historian, Finkelman is the author of more than two hundred scholarly articles and the author or editor of more than fifty books. His latest book, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court (Harvard, 2018) considers the proslavery positions of John Marshall, Roger Taney, and Joseph Story. Finkelman's work has been cited in four decisions by the United States Supreme Court, he was ranked as the fifth most-cited legal historian in American legal scholarship in Leiter's Top Ten Law Faculty Scholarly Impact, 2009–2013, and he was an expert witness in Glassroth v. Moore, regarding  the display of the biblical ten commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building.



Finkelman's dissertation, "A More Perfect Union? Slavery, Comity, and Federalism, 1787–1861" was directed by Stanley N. Katz; John Hope Franklin and Herbert J. Storing were members of his committee.