Alpha of Kansas - since 1890

Visiting Scholar

Adam Winkler

Connell Professor of Law

University of California Los Angeles School of Law

March 2, 2022

The Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is proud to host Visiting Scholar Adam Winkler for a visit at the University of Kansas. Professor Winkler will participate in a number of small group discussions and class visits in addition to a public lecture.

Main Public Event: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6pm, Colloquium room on first floor of Capitol Federal Hall.

Are Corporations People? The Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizens United sent shockwaves through American politics. The Court struck down election spending limits on corporations as a violation of the First Amendment, prompting widespread protests and a movement to amend the Constitution. How did corporations become people, with the same fundamental rights as individuals? Adam Winkler uncovers the history of one of the least known but most successful civil rights movements in American history: the struggle for corporate rights. For over two centuries, corporations have fought to win Supreme Court rulings extending the protections of the Constitution to them—rights they use to thwart efforts by the public to regulate business and the economy.

Adam Winkler wearing a dark sweater and smiling at the camera in front of a gold background

Professor Winkler is a specialist in constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and gun policy. His book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the ABA Silver Gavel Award, and received the Scribes Book Award. He is also the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, which did not win any awards but was once the subject of a question on Jeopardy!. He is one of the twenty most cited active legal scholars in judicial opinions, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Atlantic, Slate, and the New Republic. Prior to joining the UCLA faculty, he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law in Los Angeles. 

Professor Winkler is the 2021-2022 Carl F. Cranor Family Visiting Scholar. 

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Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Read more about the History of the Visiting Scholar Program​ here

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