Gregory Ablavsky is the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and a professor, by courtesy, in Stanford’s history department. Professor Ablavsky’s scholarship focuses on early American legal history, particularly on issues of sovereignty, territory and property in the early American West. His publications explore a range of topics, including the history of the Indian Commerce Clause, the importance of Indian affairs in shaping the U.S. Constitution, and the balance of power between states and the federal government. His book Federal Ground: Governing Property and Violence in the First U.S. Territories was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. His work has received the Cromwell Article Prize and the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize from the American Society for Legal History.
Prior to joining the Stanford Law faculty in 2015, Professor Ablavsky was the Sharswood Fellow in Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania. He clerked for Judge Anthony Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was also a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, D.C.
Ablavsky earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from Yale University and his juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.