CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A legal historian specializing in civil rights has been selected as the 12th dean of the School of Law at the University of Virginia.

Risa L. Goluboff’s appointment, which is effective July 1, was announced Friday. She will be the first woman to lead the School of Law.

Goluboff is the John Allan Love professor of law and professor of history at the University. She also is a faculty affiliate of UVA’s Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and faculty associate of the Governing America in a Global Era Program at UVA’s Miller Center.

She has written or co-written several books, including “The Lost Promise of Civil Rights,” which received the Order of the Coif award for best book in the legal field and the James Willard Hurst Prize.

“Risa Goluboff’s dedication and vision make her the ideal candidate to move the law school forward in ways that will benefit both the school and the University,” President Teresa A. Sullivan said. “Risa brings to the deanship exceptionally strong scholarship, leadership ability and passion.”

Goluboff succeeds Paul G. Mahoney, who will return to the faculty.

The School of Law is the nation’s second-oldest continuously operating law school.

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