Philippa Strum ’59

Philippa Strum ’59 is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has written many works about Justice Brandeis, including “Louis D. Brandeis: Justice for the People,” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in biography.

She recently completed “Speaking Freely: Whitney v. California and American Speech Law” about Whitney v. California, the 1927 Supreme Court decision that featured a notable concurrence by Justice Brandeis defending freedom of speech.

Strum was formerly the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ director of the Division of United States Studies and is the Broeklundian Professor of Political Science Emerita, City University of New York. She has published widely on topics such as the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. presidency, civil liberties, and women and politics. Among her books are “Mendez v. Westminster: School Desegregation and Mexican-American Rights”; “Women in the Barracks: The VMI Case and Equal Rights” and “When the Nazis Came to Skokie: Freedom for Speech We Hate,” both recipients of awards from the American Bar Association; “Privacy: The Debate in the United States Since 1945”; “Brandeis: Beyond Progressivism”; “The Women Are Marching: The Second Sex and the Palestinian Revolution”; “The Supreme Court and ‘Political Questions’: A Study of Judicial Evasion”; and “Presidential Power and American Democracy.”

In 1994, she received the Hughes-Gossett Award for scholarly writing about the U.S. Supreme Court, presented at the court by Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

She holds a BA from Brandeis, an EdM from Harvard University and a PhD from The New School.