Rebecca E. Zietlow, Bio

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Rebecca E. Zietlow is a Charles W. Fornoff Professor of Law and Values at the University of Toledo College of Law. Her areas of specialty are constitutional law, federal courts, constitutional litigation, and women and the law. She received her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and her juris doctor from Yale Law School. In 2012, she received the University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

Rebecca Zietlow's scholarly interest is in the study of the Reconstruction Era, including the meaning and history of the 13th and 14th Amendments. Zietlow is also an expert on constitutional theory, examining constitutional interpretation outside of the courts. She is a recipient of the University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award and a leader of the Thirteenth Amendment Project

Rebecca Zietlow's most recent book, The Forgotten Emancipator: James Mitchell Ashley and the Ideological Origins of Reconstruction, discusses the egalitarian free labor vision that animated the early Reconstruction Congress and the 13th Amendment.  The book, part of the Cambridge Historical Studies in Law and Society series, edited by Christopher Tomlins, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. 

Her widely acclaimed book, Enforcing Equality: Congress, the Constitution and the Protection of Individual Rights, studies the history of congressional protection of rights, and the implications of that history for constitutional theory. 

Her work has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Florida Law Review, and the Wake Forest Law Journal, amongst other publications.