Leslie Gerwin

Adjunct Professor of Law

Associate Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University


B.S., 1972, Prescott College
J.D., 1976, Antioch University
M.P.H., 1988, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
M.P.A., 2006, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


Professor Leslie Gerwin was a member of the founding faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She arrived in 1976 from the University of Miami Law School and left ten years later when she moved to New Orleans. She holds graduate degrees in law, public health, and public policy.


Her academic career includes teaching in five graduate schools (three law and two schools of public health) and one undergraduate institution at Princeton University. In between her academic positions, Professor Gerwin spent a significant portion of her career in professional positions in the non-profit sector and as a consultant to state and local government entities. As a long-time consultant to the Louisiana Department of Public Health, she developed and directed implementation of the Adolescent School Health Initiative to facilitate the establishment of comprehensive school-based health centers, which became a national model.


In addition to her professional activities, Professor Gerwin’s extensive volunteer service on behalf of community and civic organizations earned her several awards, including being named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Women of America and a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is presently, the Associate Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Her research centers on issues of emergency response law and of drug regulation. The unifying theme of Professor Gerwin’s eclectic professional career is her dedication to development, analysis, and advocacy of public policies to promote social justice and civic engagement.

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