Richard Gaskins is director of the Legal Studies Program and the Joseph M. Proskauer Professor of Law and Social Welfare. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a law degree from Yale University and has held faculty appointments at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Chicago and the New School for Social Research.
His courses include the core Introduction to Law and seminars on environmental policy, constitutional history and law, and American pragmatism. His research interests connect the fields of torts, social welfare and environmental regulation, along with comparative studies in Iceland and New Zealand.
Gaskins is the author of numerous articles on the above varied interests and of two books, Environmental Accidents (1989) and Burdens of Proof in Modern Discourse (1995).