Justin Driver’s principal research interests include constitutional law, constitutional theory, and the intersection of race with legal institutions. Much of his scholarship scrutinizes the Supreme Court’s ability to issue decisions that clash with majoritarian views. One of his scholarly publications, “The Constitutional Conservatism of the Warren Court” (California Law Review), was awarded the Cromwell Article Prize, given by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation for “the best article in American legal history published by an early career scholar.” In addition to his legal scholarship, Driver’s work regularly appears in The New Republic, where he is a contributing editor.
Driver received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, a master of arts in teaching degree from Duke University, and a master’s degree in modern history from Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. In 2004, he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor and book reviews chair of the Harvard Law Review.
Driver served as a law clerk to Judge Merrick B. Garland, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. He began his career in legal academia at the University of Texas in 2009.
Driver joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.