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Casper (Gerhard), President of Stanford University, Papers
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Gerhard Casper, president of Stanford University, papers
    creator: Casper, Gerhard
    creator: Stanford University. Office of the President
    Identifier/Call Number: SC0672
    Physical Description: 201 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1983-2000
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc .

    Conditions Governing Access

    The materials are restricted until September 1, 2021.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Biographical / Historical

    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 universities of Freiburg and Hamburg, where, in 1961, he earned his first law degree. He attended Yale Law School, obtaining his Master of Laws degree in 1962. He then returned to Freiburg, where he received his doctorate in 1964.
    In the fall of 1964, Mr. Casper emigrated to the United States, spending two years as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1966, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, and between 1979 and 1987 served as Dean of the Law School. In 1989, Mr. Casper was appointed Provost of the University of Chicago. He served as President of Stanford University from 1992-2000.
    Mr. Casper has written and taught primarily in the fields of constitutional law, constitutional history, comparative law, and jurisprudence. From 1977 to 1990, he was an editor of The Supreme Court Review.
    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 German Great Cross of the Order of Merit with Star.
    From 2000-2008, he served as a successor trustee of Yale University, from 2000-2009, as a trustee of the American Academy in Berlin, from 2000-2012, as a trustee of the Central European University in Budapest, and, from 2007-2014, as a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He currently serves as the chairman of the Board of the Terra Foundation for American Art and he is a member of international advisory councils at the Israel Democracy Institute (Chairman since 2014), the European University at St. Petersburg, and Koç University, Istanbul.
    Mr. Casper is married to Regina Casper, M.D. Dr. Casper was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago before taking an appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in the School of Medicine at Stanford, from which she recently retired. She is an authority in the area of depression and eating disorders.
    The Caspers’ daughter, Hanna, is an employment lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have two grandchildren.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Gerhard Casper, President of Stanford University, Papers (SC0672). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Humanities -- United States.
    Humanities -- Study and teaching -- California -- Stanford.
    Universities and colleges -- Finance.
    Law -- Study and teaching -- United States
    Universities and colleges -- Administration.
    Stanford University -- General subdivision--Presidents.;
    Casper, Gerhard
    Stanford University. Office of the President
    Kennedy, Donald