Edward Rubin

Rubin has spoken about administrative law and legal theory at numerous academic conferences and workshops and has served as a consultant on administrative law to the People’s Republic of China.

Edward Rubin is University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University. He’s been a science fiction fan since fifth grade and currently teaches a course at Vanderbilt entitled “Visions of the Future in Science Fiction.” In addition, he was one of the organizers of a science fiction reading group at the Law School.

Rubin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., went to Midwood High School there, and then received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He worked for the New York City Board of Education for several years, designing programs to connect disadvantaged public school children with the City’s cultural and scientific resources. He then attended Yale Law School; after graduation he practiced entertainment law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before beginning his academic career. He has published four books, three edited volumes, two casebooks, and more than one hundred articles about various aspects of law and political theory. The Heatstroke Line is his first novel.

Insights on Today’s Administrative State

Rubin’s scholarship focuses on modern administrative government. Its dominant theme is that our regulatory system represents a new approach to government. The American people, and the people of every other Western democracy, have chosen this form of government, and continue to support it, because it is essential for an orderly and prosperous life in this modern industrial and technological world. Whether we like administrative state or not, the essential task is to understand it and to make it better.

The book that Rubin wrote before Soul, Self, and Society was Beyond Camelot, which argued that we need to rethink many of our inherited ideas about law and politics in light of the momentous change in government that has occurred. One of his major reforms as Dean at Vanderbilt was to introduce a course on the regulatory state into the first year curriculum, at the time a rarity in American legal education. He also authored a case book for this course with two colleagues, which has led to the adoption of the course in a number of other law schools throughout the country.

Edward Rubin, author, editor and professor

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