President Emeritus of Stanford University
Gerhard Casper is President Emeritus of Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at both the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI Stanford) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). He is also the Peter and Helen Bing Professor, Emeritus, Professor of Law, Emeritus, and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), Emeritus.
Born in 1937, Gerhard Casper grew up in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Casper studied law at the
In the fall of 1964, Mr. Casper emigrated to the United States, spending two years as Assistant
Mr. Casper has written and taught primarily in the fields of constitutional law, constitutional
His books include a monograph on legal realism (Berlin, 1967), an empirical study of the Supreme Court’s workload (Chicago, 1976, with Richard A. Posner), an empirical study of lay judges in criminal trials (Heidelberg, 1979, with Hans Zeisel), as well as Separating Power (Cambridge, MA, 1997) concerning the separation of powers practices at the end of the 18th century in the United States. About the Stanford presidency, he wrote Cares of the University (Stanford, CA, 1997). His book, The Winds of Freedom: Addressing Challenges to the University, was published by Yale University Press in February 2014. He is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and occasional papers.
He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute (1977) and its Council (1980-2010)—in May 2014, he received the Institute's Distinguished Service Award—, the International Academy of Comparative Law, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1980), the Order Pour le mérite for the Sciences and Arts (1993), and the American Philosophical Society (1996). During the fall of 2006, he held the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress. He has been awarded various honorary doctorates as well as the Great Cross of the Order of Merit with Star (Federal Republic of Germany).
From 2000-2008, he served as a successor trustee of Yale University, from 2000-2009, as a trustee of the American Academy in Berlin, and, from 2000-2012, as a trustee of the Central European University in Budapest. He currently serves as the chairman of the Board of the Terra Foundation for American Art. He is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a member of international advisory councils at the Israel Democracy Institute (chairman since 2014), the European University at St. Petersburg, Koç University, Istanbul, and Yenching Academy, Peking University.
Mr. Casper is married to Regina Casper, M.D. Dr. Casper was a Professor of Psychiatry at the
The Caspers’ daughter, Hanna, is an employment lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two grandchildren.
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