Professor Rabban served as counsel to the American Association of University Professors for several years before joining the Texas faculty in 1983. He served as General Counsel of the AAUP from 1998 to 2006 and Chair of its Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 2006 to 2012. His teaching and research focus on labor law, higher education and the law, and American legal history. He is best known for his path-breaking work on free speech in American history. He is the author of Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870-1920 (Cambridge,1997), which received the Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas for "the best book in intellectual history published in 1997." His many articles have appeared in Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review and elsewhere. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in 1994-95, and has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. His most recent book is Law's History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History.
American Association of University Professors
Chaired the June 2012 meeting of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors.
American Political Science Association and the American Society for Legal History
Participant on panels discussing my forthcoming book, Law's History (Cambridge University Press), at the 2011 annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the American Society for Legal History.
Stanford Constitutional Law Center
Instructor, "Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and the First Amendment," Institute for Constitutional History - Stanford Constitutional Law Center, June 2011.