Adam Winkler

Sara McCranie

Adam Winkler is a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he specializes in American constitutional law. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and his writing has appeared in the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostLos Angeles TimesNew RepublicAtlanticSlate, and Scotusblog. His latest book,We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright), shortlisted for the National Book Award in Nonfiction, chronicles the revelatory story of one of the most successful, yet least known, “civil rights movements” in American history. Hardly oppressed like women and minorities, business corporations, too, have fought since the nation’s earliest days to gain equal rights under the Constitution―and today have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Exposing the historical origins of Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, Adam Winkler explains how those controversial Supreme Court decisions extending free speech and religious liberty to corporations were the capstone of a centuries-long struggle over corporate personhood and constitutional protections for business. Beginning his account in the colonial era, Winkler reveals the profound influence corporations had on the birth of democracy and on the shape of the Constitution itself.