BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has honored George Washington University professor and author Robert Cottrol, Ph.D. with its prestigious “Scholar of the Year” award.
Cottrol, co-author of the recently-published “To Trust the People with Arms: The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment” with Brannon P. Denning, is the Harold Paul Green research professor at the university’s law school, and he is also a professor of sociology and history. He has frequently appeared at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference and was present this year to accept the award in person.
“I’m deeply honored,” Cottrol said during the presentation.
“Bob Cottrol is one of those remarkable academics who has gone beyond the traditionally dismissive approach to the Second Amendment, and instead digs deep into the history of the individual right to keep and bear arms,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “He is a stalwart when it comes to explaining the origins of the right to keep and bear arms, and why the right is just as important today as it was during the Founding era. We are proud to recognize his contributions to the national debate about the Second Amendment and the right it protects.”
Prof. Cottrol specializes in American legal history, and he has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, Yale Law Journal, American Journal of Legal History, American Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies. His biographical information also notes his travels to lecture in Brazil and Argentina, plus teaching at Rutgers University and Boston College, as well as the University of Virginia.
Cottrol is also author of, “The Afro-Yankees: Providence’s Black Community in the Antebellum Era,” in 1983, “From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England” (1998), “Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture and the Constitution” (2003) and “The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere” in 2013.