Thomas P. Gallanis

Professor of Law
Legal History of England and Continental Europe
Secondary Appointment in History
454 Boyd Law Building
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Phone Number: 
(319) 335-9018

Thomas P. Gallanis is a prize-winning legal historian and an authority on trust, probate, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of trust and estate law, estate and gift taxation, property, and English and European legal history. He holds the N. William Hines Chair in Law.

He received a B.A. summa cum laude with distinction in history from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he held a Bradley Fellowship in Legal History, and an LL.M. with first class honors in legal history and comparative law and a Ph.D. in legal history from Cambridge University. At Cambridge, he was a Benefactors’ Scholar of St. John's College and was awarded the Hamson prize in comparative law, the Mansergh prize in history, and the Wright and Hughes prizes for academic excellence.

He has held year-long fellowships at All Souls College, Oxford, and at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has served as the Herbert Smith visiting professor in the law faculty of Cambridge University and as the Mason Ladd Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Iowa.

His research in legal history focuses on the history of procedural law in England and Continental Europe. His scholarship has been awarded the Selden Society's David Yale Prize.


Professor Gallanis teaches a course on The Development of the Western European Legal Tradition.

Awards & Service: 
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (2012-13)
  • Editorial Board, Continuity and Change (2012- )
  • Editorial Committee, Journal of Legal History (2001- )
  • Editorial Board, Law and History Review (2005-12)
  • Advisory Board, Studies in the History of Private Law (2007- )
  • American Society for Legal History (Secretary 2007-09; Board of Directors 2005-07)
  • Mellon Fellow in Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2000-01)
  • David Yale Prize, Selden Society (1999)