Jacob E. Gersen

Sidley Austin Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Jacob E. Gersen


J.D. (high honors), The University of Chicago Law School; Ph.D. and M.A., political science, The University of Chicago

Summary of Experience

Professor Gersen’s expertise is in international arbitration, food law, Food and Drug Administration Law, Title IX and sexual misconduct law, and regulatory law. He has served as an expert in international arbitration matters, providing testimony related to the structure and content of federal regulation, administrative law, and tort law. He has also served as a consulting expert in disputes involving federal administrative agencies, lawsuits against colleges and universities, and Title IX proceedings in higher education. In the area of food law, Professor Gersen is the director of the Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School, which focuses on academic research on the legal treatment of food in society; coauthored Food Law: Cases and Materials; and is currently writing a book about the relationship between law, food, consumer decisions, and health. He has published extensively in areas such as administrative law, election law, education law, and sex discrimination law, and his work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Time. Prior to joining Harvard Law, Professor Gersen was on the faculty of The University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

AG Contacts

Rebecca Kirk Fair