Selected Works by Robert W. Gordon

Professor Robert W. Gordon is the author of dozens of books and articles.  The following is only a selective bibliography.  Readers will find a complete list of his publications on his curriculum vitae, available on his Stanford Law School faculty page.


Taming the Past: Essays on Law in History and History in Law. Cambridge University Press 2017.

Law, Society and History: Essays on Themes in the Work of Lawrence M. Friedman (Edited with Morton J. Horwitz). Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011.

The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Editor). Stanford University Press, 1992.

Storie Critiche del Diritto. Edizioni Scientifici Italiani.



“‘Imagination, Determination and Passion’: A Heroic Agenda for Legal Education,” in The Daunting Enterprise of the Law: Essays in Honour of Harry W. Arthurs, ed. Simon Archer, Daniel Drache, and Peer Zumbansen.  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. Pp. 189-198.

“The Legal Profession, 1870-2000,” in The Cambridge History of Law in America, Volume III: The Twentieth Century and After, ed. Christopher Tomlins and Michael Grossberg (Cambridge University Press, 2008. Pp. 73-126.

“Law as a Vocation: Holmes and the Lawyer’s Path,” in The Path of the Law and Its Influence: The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Cambridge University Press, 2007).  Pp. 7-32.

Robert W. Gordon, “Professors and Policymakers: Yale Law School Faculty in the New Deal and After,” in History of the Yale Law School, ed. Anthony T. Kronman (Yale University Press, 2004).  Pp. 75-137.

“The Legal Profession,” in Looking Back at Law’s Century, ed. Austin Sarat, Bryant Garth, and Robert A. Kagan (Cornell University Press, 2002).  Pp. 287-336.

“Legalizing Outrage,” in Aftermath: The Clinton Impeachment and the Presidency in the Age of Political Spectacle, ed. Leonard V. Kaplan and Beverly Morgan (Oxford University Press, 2001).  Pp. 97-112.

“The Past as Authority and as Social Critic: Stabilizing and Destabilizing Functions of History in Legal Argument,” in The Historic Turn in the Human Sciences, ed. Terence McDonald (University of Michigan Press, 1996).  Pp. 339-378.

“Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.” and “Legal Realism,” in A Companion to American Thought, ed. Richard Wightman Fox and James T. Kloppenberg (Blackwell, 1996).  Pp. 307-8.

“Accounting for Legal Change in American Legal History,” in Law in the American Revolution and the Revolution in American Law, ed. Hendrik Hartog (New York University Press, 1981).  Pp. 93-112.


The Constitution of Liberal Order at the Troubled Beginnings of the Modern State,” Miami Law Review 58 (2004): 373-400.

Hurst Recaptured,” Law and History Review 18 (2000): 167-175.

E.P. Thompson’s Legacies,” Georgetown Law Journal 82 (1994): 2005-2011.

The Elusive Transformation,” Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 6 (1994): 137-162.

Critical Legal Histories,” Stanford Law Review 36 (1984), 57-124.

Holmes’ Common Law as Legal and Social Sciences,” Hofstra Law Review 10 (1982), 719-746.

Historicism in Legal Scholarship,” Yale Law Journal 90 (1981):1017-1056.

“Introduction: J. Willard Hurst and The Common Law Tradition in American Legal Historiography,” Law & Society Review 10 (1975): 9-55.