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Theodore Ruger

Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

Theodore W. Ruger is the Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. He is a scholar of constitutional law, specializing in the study of judicial authority, and an expert on health law and pharmaceutical regulation. Dean Ruger holds an A.B. from Williams College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and he was a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Dean Ruger joined the Law School in 2004 and previously served as Deputy Dean. His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Northwestern Law Review, and as the centerpiece of a symposium in Perspectives on Politics, a leading peer-reviewed political science journal. Dean Ruger has taught a wide range of classes in constitutional law, health law and regulation, legislation, and food and drug law and policy. He has also performed several critical roles in the Law School, including three terms as a member of the faculty appointments committee, one as chair, and another as co-chair. Dean Ruger has also served as an advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

His current research draws on his broader work on judicial power and constitutionalism and addresses the manner in which American legal institutions — including the U.S. Supreme Court — have shaped the field of health law over the past two centuries.

Prior to joining the Law School, Ruger practiced law at Ropes & Gray in Boston and Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and began his academic career at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.


  • JDHarvard1995
  • ABWilliams College1990

Courses Taught

  • Legislation| Health Law and Regulation| Constitutional Law| Food and Drug Law| Doctors, Death Panels and Democracy

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