Gregory Elinson

2012 to 2015
Research Interests:
American Politics, Public Law & Jurisprudence

Gregory Elinson's research focuses on the politics of organized business during the 1960s and 1970s. In his dissertation, entitled "Relative Strength: Contextualizing the Power of Organized Business, 1955-1980," he argues that both the nature of business power and its variation hinge necessarily on the character of business’s opposition.  In other words, the capacity of business to preserve and expand its political power must be understood relationally.  Instead, the core claim he presents in the project is that organized business groups in American politics evolve in response to the political and organizational innovations of their adversaries. Gregory has conducted research on the Reconstruction-era Supreme Court, and has taught courses on constitutional law, the American legal system, and the U.S. Congress. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University. Before coming to Berkeley, he worked as a legal analyst and public school teacher in New York City.