Heidi Kitrosser

William W. Gurley Professor of Law


Heidi Kitrosser will be a visiting faculty member at Northwestern during the spring 2021 semester and throughout the 2021 – 2022 school year. In fall of 2022, she will join the Northwestern faculty full-time as a tenured professor. Currently, she visits from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she has been on the faculty since 2006. 

Kitrosser is an expert on the constitutional law of federal government secrecy and on separation of powers and free speech law more broadly. She has written, spoken, and consulted widely on these topics. Her book, Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution, was published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press. It was awarded the 2014 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Kitrosser’s articles have appeared in many venues, including Supreme Court Review, Georgetown Law Journal, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, and Constitutional Commentary. In 2017, she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship to begin work on a book project on U.S. government whistleblowers.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Free Speech
  • Separation of Powers
  • Government Secrecy

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  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Prior Appointments

  • Professor of Law, August 2022, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Jack N. Pritzker Visiting Professor of Law, October 2021, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Newton N. Minow Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School

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