Mark S. Weiner is a former professor of constitutional law, a historian, and the author of multiple award-winning books, including The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), which received the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. His other books include Black Trials: Citizenship From the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which received a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for its impact on the public understanding of law; Americans without Law: The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship (NYU Press, 2006), which received the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association; and Law's Picture Books (Talbot Publishing, 2017), with Mike Widener, an exhibition catalogue based on their co-curated rare book exhibition at the Grolier Club in New York, which received the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award from the American Association of Law Libraries. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland and Austria, and he served as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies in Uppsala, Sweden. An emeritus professor at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, he holds an A.B. in American Studies from Stanford University; a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University; and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut with his wife, Stephanie, a professor of nineteenth-century British literature at Wesleyan University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, home repair, and evenings watching baseball.