Robert W. Bennett

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Robert W. Bennett
Robert William Bennett

(1941-03-30) March 30, 1941 (age 79)
NationalityUnited States
TitleNathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law Emeritus
Spouse(s)Harriet Trop
ChildrenAriana Trop Bennett
AwardsFrank Knox Memorial Fellowship (1965–66)
Academic background
EducationHarvard University (BA, 1962)
Harvard Law School (LLB, 1965)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineUnited States constitutional law
InstitutionsPritzker School of Law at Northwestern University

Robert William Bennett (born March 30, 1941)[1] is an American legal scholar and the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law Emeritus at the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University. An expert on constitutional law, he joined the faculty of Northwestern's Law School in 1969, and served as the school's dean from 1985 to 1995. He was named the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law there in 2002. He also served as president of the American Bar Foundation from 1992 to 1994.[2][3] He is credited with being one of the first people to propose the idea behind the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact in a 2001 paper, along with Akhil and Vikram Amar.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Bennett, Robert W. (Robert William), 1941-". Library of Congress Name Authority File. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Robert William Bennett". Northwestern University. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Robert Bennett Named to Nathanson Chair". Northwestern Law. July 26, 2002. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Alberta, Tim (September–October 2017). "Is the Electoral College Doomed?". Politico. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Silberstein, Steve (March 19, 2017). "The Electoral College is seriously broken. It's not hard to fix". Washington Monthly. March/April/May 2017. ISSN 0043-0633. Retrieved August 7, 2019.

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