Professor Weiner holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. He received his A.B. from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors and distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is the author of three award-winning books recognized for both their contribution to scholarship and their accessible style, and he is the co-curator of a major public exhibition about rare law books for the Grolier Club in New York. At Rutgers, he has received a Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, and in 2009-10 he was the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Scholar.
Professor Weiner's most recent book, The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), received the 2015 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. His second book, Americans without Law: The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship (NYU Press, 2006), received the President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association. His first book, Black Trials: Citizenship From the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), received a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for its impact on the public understanding of law. Professor Weiner also received a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Black Trials.
Professor Weiner has been a visiting professor at Cardozo School of Law and the University of Connecticut School of Law. In the spring of 2015, he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Legal Philosophy at the University of Salzburg, Austria. In the fall of 2009, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Akureyri, Iceland, where he studied the history of Icelandic law and its relation to the Germanic legal tradition. He has lectured and taught extensively about U.S. constitutional law throughout Germany.
Professor Weiner is currently mounting a major exhibition with co-curator Mike Widener, rare book librarian at Yale Law School, for the Grollier Club in New York. The exhibition, “Law’s Picture Books: The Yale Law Library Collection,” examines illustrated law books from the thirteenth century to the present, and opens in early September 2017. It is accompanied by a 220-page catalogue, Law's Picture Books (Talbot Publishing, 2017), and includes five of Professor Weiner's short solo films, created under the name of his production company, Hidden Cabinet Films, including "A Philosophical Question" and "The Dialogue of Text and Image."
Professor Weiner is a member of the Advisory Commission to the Standing Committee for Public Education of the American Bar Association. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Stephanie Kuduk Weiner, a professor of nineteenth-century British literature at Wesleyan University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors. He is a certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and a licensed EMT.