Sarah Barringer Gordon


Former Fellow, 2002-2003

Home Institution, University of Pennsylvania Law School

LAPA Fellow, 2002-2003

LAPA Fellow

 University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103




While at LAPA
Sarah Barringer Gordon is a legal historian who specializes in the history of religion in America. She is a professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches property, religious history, and courses on church and state. She has published work on blasphemy, women's suffrage, law and literature, and is the author of The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth Century America (University of North Carolina Press, 2002). Gordon holds a bachelor's degree from Vassar College, a J.D. and a Masters in Divinity from Yale, and a Ph.D. in history from Princeton. While at Princeton, she will begin work on a new book project, investigating the litigation practices of religious organizations in the twentieth century, and their important role in the tectonic shift in the understanding of what it means to exercise freedom and bear rights. She also will teach a course: "Resurgence and Rebirth: American Religion and Legal Change in the Twentieth Century."