Faculty Profiles

Adam Winkler

Adam Winkler

Professor of Law
B.S.F.S Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1990
J.D. New York University, 1993
M.A. UCLA (Political Science), 1998
Twitter: @adamwinkler
UCLA Faculty since 2002


We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. Liveright/W.W. Norton (2018). Book Info | Amazon
Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. W.W. Norton (2011).
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 2nd ed. (edited by Leonard W. Levy, Kenneth L. Karst, Adam Winkler, et al). Macmillan (2000). Amazon

Articles and Chapters

Bank of the United States v. Deveaux and the Birth of Constitutional Rights for Corporations, 43 Journal of Supreme Court History 237 (2019).
Is the Second Amendment Becoming Irrelevant?, 93 Indiana Law Journal 253 (2018).
Citizens United, Personhood, and the Corporation in Politics, in Corporations and American Democracy (edited by Naomi Lamoreaux and William Novak, Harvard Univ. Press, 2017). Amazon
The Scope of Regulatory Authority Under the Second Amendment (with Lawrence Rosenthal), in Reducing Gun Violence in America (edited by Daniel Webster & Jon Vernick, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2013).
Book Review, Law Enforcement's Flagrant Conduct, 48 Tulsa Law Review 275 (2012). Review of Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas, by Dale Carpenter.
Free Speech Federalism, 108 Michigan Law Review 153-188 (2009). Full Text
Heller's Catch-22, 56 UCLA Law Review 1551 (2009). Full Text
Book Review, Running on the Constitution, 8 Election Law Journal 151 (2009). Full Text
Book Review, 26 Law & History Review 441 (2008). Reviewing A Well-Regulated Militia, by Saul Cornell.
The Federal Government as a Constitutional Niche in Affirmative Action Cases, 54 UCLA Law Review 1931-61 (2007). Full Text
Corporate Personhood and the Rights of Corporate Speech, 30 Seattle University Law Review 863-73 (2007). Full Text
Scrutinizing the Second Amendment, 105 Michigan Law Review 683-733 (2007). Full Text
Fundamentally Wrong About Fundamental Rights, 23 Constitutional Commentary 277 (2006). Full Text
Fatal in Theory and Strict in Fact: An Empirical Analysis of Strict Scrutiny in the Federal Courts, 59 Vanderbilt Law Review 793-871 (2006). Full Text
The Reasonable Right to Bear Arms, 17 Stanford Law & Policy Review 597-613 (2006). Full Text
Corporate Law or the Law of Business? Stakeholders and Corporate Governance at the End of History, 67 Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems 109-33 (2004). Full Text
"Other People’s Money:" Corporations, Agency Costs, and Campaign Finance Law, 92 Georgetown Law Journal 871-940 (2004). Full Text
McConnell v. F.E.C., Corporate Political Speech, and the Legacy of the Segregated Fund Cases, 3 Election Law Journal 361-69 (2004). Full Text
A Revolution too Soon: Woman Suffragists & the Living Constitution, 76 NYU Law Review 1456-1526 (2001). Full Text
Voters’ Rights and Parties’ Wrongs: Early Political Party Regulation in the State Courts, 1886-1915, 100 Columbia Law Review 873 (2000). Full Text
The Corporation in Election Law, 32 Loyola Law Review 1243-72 (1999). Full Text
Just Sanctions, 21 Human Rights Quarterly 133 (1999). Full Text
Beyond Bellotti, 32 Loyola Law Review 133-220 (1998). Full Text
Book Review, 21 Ethnic & Racial Studies 1191 (1998). Reviewing Race, Law, and Culture: Reflections on Brown v. Board of Education, edited by Austin Sarat.
The Independence of Judges (with James B. Zagel), 46 Mercer Law Review 795-834 (1995). Full Text
Sounds of Silence: The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action, 28 Loyola Law Review 923-69 (1995). Full Text
Postmodernism and Dworkin: The View from Half-Court (with Joshua Davis), 17 Nova Law Review 799 (1993).
Expressive Voting, 68 NYU Law Review 330-88 (1993).

Shorter Writings

Corporate Political Conscience, New Republic (April 30, 2018).
'Corporations are People' Is Built on a 19th-Century Lie, Atlantic (March 5, 2018).
What Rights Should Corporations Have?, Wall St. Journal (March 1, 2018).
Is the Supreme Court Backsliding on LGBT Rights?, New Republic (Dec. 26, 2017). Full Text
Concealed Carry Gun Bill Does More Harm Than Just 'Letting People Travel With Their Guns', NY Daily News (Dec. 12, 2017). Full Text
Of course we need to talk about gun violence in America, LA Times (Oct. 6, 2017). Full Text
Disarming the NRA, NYR Daily (Oct. 5, 2017). Full Text
Why Big Business Keeps Winning at the Supreme Court, The Washington Post (June 26, 2017). Full Text
Time for a ‘No Buy’ List on Guns, NY Times (June 13, 2016). Full Text
Why Banning Assault Rifles Won't Reduce Gun Violence, L.A. Times (Dec. 11, 2015). Full Text
The NRA Will Fall. It's Inevitable, The Washington Post (Oct. 19, 2015). Full Text
How to Change the Gun Debate, Huffington Post (Oct. 7, 2015). Full Text
What’s Missing From the Marriage Decision, Huffington Post (June 26, 2015). Full Text
Supremes’ Spat Over Affirmative Action, The Daily Beast (April 26, 2014). Full Text
Want Fewer Guns on California Streets? Open Carry May be the Answer, L.A. Times (Feb. 13, 2014). Full Text
If You Don't Think Newtown Changed America's Gun Debate, Consider These Facts, New Republic (Dec. 12, 2013). Full Text
Inspection Nation, NY Daily News (Sept. 22, 2013). Full Text
The Supreme Court’s Ruling and the End of the Civil Rights Era, The Daily Beast (June 25, 2013). Full Text
The Anti-Obama Court, Huffington Post (June 22, 2012). Full Text
The Secret History of Guns, The Atlantic (Sept. 2011). Full Text
The Guns of Academe, NY Times (April 14, 2011). Full Text