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Sarah Barringer Gordon

Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History

Sarah Barringer GordonSarah Barringer Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, teaches in the areas of church and state, property, and legal history in the law school, and American religious and constitutional history in the history department. Sally is the author of The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press, 2002), and The Spirit of the Law Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2010), “The New Age and the New Law: Malnak v. Yogi ,” in Leslie Griffin, ed., Law And Religion: Cases in Context (Aspen Publishers, 2010), and “Law and Religion, 1790-1920,” in The Cambridge History of Law in America , Michael Grossberg and Christopher Tomlins, eds. (Cambridge, 2008). She is currently at work on two new book projects. The first, tentatively titled The Landscape of Faith , about religion and property across American national history. The second, Convictions (forthcoming, University of Illinois Press), is co-authored with Kathryn Daynes of Brigham Young University, and is a social and legal history of prosecutions of Utah polygamists in the nineteenth century.

Sally is a regular commentator in print, radio and television on law and religion. She serves on the boards of Vassar College, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, and is the incoming co-editor of the American Society for Legal History's book series Studies in Legal History. She also is actively involved in the Mormon History Association, the American Historical Association, the Western History Association, the American Academy of Religion, the American Society for Church History, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Organization of American Historians. She has recently been appointed as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer starting in 2012.

Professor Gordon directs the Penn Legal History Consortium and founded the Penn combined J.D. / Ph.D. Program in American Legal History.

Courses Taught (As Schedule Allows)

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The Spirit of the Law Religious Voices and the Constitution in Modern America The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America