Steven H. Shiffrin

Charles Frank Reavis Sr. Professor of Law, Emeritus
Steven Shiffrin
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
103 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-4560

Bonnie Jo Coughlin
Cornell Law School
213 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Steven H. Shiffrin is the Charles Frank Reavis Sr., Professor of Law Emeritus at Cornell Law School. He began his law school teaching career at UCLA in 1977, receiving tenure in 1981. He has been a visiting professor of law at Boston University, Harvard University, Seattle University, and the University of Michigan. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1987.

Professor Shiffrin is the author of What’s Wrong with the First Amendment? (Cambridge University Press, 2016); The Religious Left and Church-State Relations (Princeton University Press, 2009); Dissent, Injustice, and the Meanings of America (Princeton University Press, 1999); and The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance (Harvard Press, 1990), winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Award.

His writings have appeared in many publications, including the Cornell Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, Commonweal, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Monthly. He is a coauthor of Constitutional Law, 12th ed., 2015, and The First Amendment, 6th ed., 2015, both of which are widely used casebooks in the field. Professor Shiffrin received his B.A. from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1963, M.A. from San Fernando Valley State College in 1964, and J.D. from Loyola University Los Angeles in 1975.


B.A., Loyola University of Los Angeles 1963
M.A., San Fernando Valley State College, 1964
J.D., Loyola University of Los Angeles, 1975