Visiting Associate Research Scholar
Home Institution, University of California
LAPA Fellow, 2013-2014
413 Robertson Hall
Bertrall Ross is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His research is driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and the political inclusion of marginalized communities. Methodologically, he seeks to integrate history, political theory and empirical social science in examining the U.S. Constitution, legal doctrine, and the institutional role of courts in democratic design. In his current scholarship, Ross is exploring how evolving conceptions of politics have influenced the Supreme Court's equal protection jurisprudence. He is also undertaking an empirical project that seeks to challenge the Supreme Court's assumptions about the political power of the poor. His past scholarship is in the areas of statutory interpretation, voting rights, and democratic design. As a LAPA Fellow, Ross will work on a book exploring the original meaning of the Fifteenth Amendment's prohibition on the discriminatory denial of the right to vote. Ross earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and an MA from the London School of Economics. He also has a Master's in Public Affairs (MPA 03) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, he was a Kellis Parker Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.