Vincent Blasi earned a B.A. in economics from Northwestern in 1964 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1967. There, he studied with the renowned First Amendment scholar Harry Kalven, Jr., and was a law review editor and member of the Order of the Coif. He specializes in the areas of Constitutional law, Torts, and his principal interest is in the First Amendment. He taught law at the University of Texas from 1967-69; the University of Michigan, 1970-82; and, as a visiting professor, at Stanford, 1969-70; the University of California (Berkeley), 1978-79; and William and Mary, 1991. Blasi joined the Columbia faculty in 1983 and came to UVA as a visiting professor from 1997-98. A First Amendment Scholar, Blasi taught courses in state constitutional law and first amendment theory. He became Massee Professor of Law at the University of Virginia in 1998. That same year, Professor Blasi was one of five law professors in the nation elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ideas of the First Amendment (Thomson/West, 2006).
Free Speech and Good Character, 46 UCLA L. Rev. 1567-1582 (1999).
Teaching Reasoning, 74 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 647-653 (1999).
Free Speech and Good Character: From Milton to Brandeis to the Present, in Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era 60-95 (Lee C. Bollinger & Geoffrey C. Stone eds., University of Chicago Press, 2002).
School Vouchers and Religious Liberty: Seven Questions from Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance, 87 Cornell L. Rev. 783-819 (2002); excerpts reprinted in The Establishment of Religion Clause: The First Amendment: Its Constitutional History and the Contemporary Debate 183-193 (Alan Brownstein ed., Prometheus Books, 2008).
Vouchers and Steering, 18 J.L. & Pol. 607-633 (2002).
Holmes and the Marketplace of Ideas, 2004 Sup. Ct. Rev. 1-46.
Brandeis and the First Amendment, in 1 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 222-223 (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds., Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed. 2000).
Mill and Freedom of Expression, in 4 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 1730-1731 (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds., Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed. 2000).
Milton and Freedom of Expression, in 4 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution 1737-1739 (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds., Macmillan Reference USA, 2d ed. 2000).