Mark S. Weiner


Public bio

Micro-budget solo filmmaker and award-winning non-fiction author with a focus on book history and the legal humanities. Professor of constitutional law and legal history, Rutgers-Newark School of Law, on extended leave since 2012. Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University; J.D., Yale Law School; A.B., American Studies, Stanford University. Author of The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013), winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order; Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste (Knopf, 2004), winner of the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, written with the support of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Americans without Law: The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship (NYU, 2007), winner of the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association. Fulbright Scholar, Akureyri, Iceland (2009) and Salzburg, Austria (2015). Member of the American Bar Association's Advisory Commission to the Committee for Public Education. President, Hidden Cabinet Films, currently applying for 501(c)(3) status.