Michael Grossberg

Name: Michael Grossberg

Region: At-Large

Professional background: I am the Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and a Professor of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington. I have a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. My research and publications focus on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and the family and issues such as the rights of children and reproductive freedom. I have also been involved in several family policy research projects such as an initiative to create guidelines for genetic testing in child custody cases. I have held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Bar Foundation, and been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center and a Visiting Scholar in the Child Studies Department at the University of Link√∂ping, Sweden. I edited the American Historical Review from 1995 to 2005 and recently completed a term as president of the American Society for Legal History. I have been a faculty member at Wellesley College, Case Western Reserve University, and IUB and chaired two academic departments and directed various interdisciplinary legal and political programs. I teach a range of courses in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Maurer School of Law especially on topics in American Legal and Constitutional History including the history of civil liberties.

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Candidate Statement:

I would like to serve on the Board of Directors because I think we live in a critical moment in the history of the defense of civil liberties in United States and in Indiana. I would like to contribute that defense and think that the ACLU of Indiana is the most effective means of doing so given its fundamental mission to uphold the Constitution and its successes in fulfilling that mission. Over the last several years, I have watched with dismay the mounting attacks on those seeking to exercise their rights to dissent, immigrate, reproductive freedom, gender identity, and host of other constitutionally protected acts nationally and in this state. I have tried to address some of these issues in my work and advocacy, but I would like to do so in a more sustained manner through the ACLU of Indiana. I apply as well because as an American historian committed to making the past speak to the present I think I might bring some distinctive and relevant professional skills, experience, and perspectives to the Board. For example, I am writing a book on the history of child protection in America that chronicles persistent constitutional clashes over censorship, sexual expression and identity, and disability rights in arguing for the importance of recognizing children's rights. I also have extensive administrative and committee experience that I think would enable me to perform the primary duties of a Board member and a strong commitment to and record of being an active member of boards like this one.