Elizabeth Garrett

Professor of Law, Government, and Management; President, Cornell University

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Garrett 1963-2016

Cornell Affiliations:
Department of Government
Cornell Law School
Johnson Graduate School of Management
Office of the President

Academic focus: 
American legislative and electoral processes, the initiative and referendum process, federal and state budget and tax policy, the design of democratic institutions

Previous positions: 
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Southern California, 2010-2014
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy, University of Southern California, 2009-2015
Vice President for Academic Planning and Budget, University of Southern California, 2006-2010
Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, Political Science, and Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California, 2005-2009
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Southern California, 2005-2006
Professor, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California, 2003-04
Professor of Law, University of Chicago, 1999-2003
Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Chicago, 1999-2001
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago, 1995-1999
Legislative Director and Tax and Budget Counsel for Senator David L. Boren, U.S. Senate, 1993-1994
Legal Counsel and Legislative Assistant for Tax, Budget and Welfare Reform Issues for Senator David L. Boren, U.S. Senate, 1991-1993
Legal Adviser for Judge Howard M. Holtzmann, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1990-1991
Law Clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court, 1989-1990
Law Clerk for Judge Stephen Williams, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1988- 1989

Academic background: 
B.A., History, University of Oklahoma, 1985
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1988

Last book read:
"Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison

In your own time/when not working:
Traveling, mystery novels, cross-stitch and needlepoint, walking and hiking in Upstate New York

What most excites you about Cornell: 
Its enduring commitment to excellence in all aspects of its mission, combined with deep dedication to inclusiveness, public engagement, and the liberal arts as the foundation of higher education.