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Patty Gerstenblith

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  • Distinguished Research Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law
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  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-6175
  • 821 O'Malley Place

Patty Gerstenblith is a distinguished research professor of law at DePaul University and director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law. She is founding president of the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (2005-2011), an officer of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield and senior advisor to the ABA's Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. From 2011 to 2017, she served as an appointee of President Obama as the chair of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. Department of State, on which she had previously served as a public representative in the Clinton administration. From 1995 to 2002, she was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cultural Property. Her publications include the casebook, ART, CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE LAW (now in its fourth edition), and her articles, The Disposition of Movable Cultural Heritage, in INTERSECTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE LAW (Anne-Marie Carstens and Elizabeth Varner eds. Oxford Univ. Press 2020); Theft and Illicit Excavation: Legal Principles and Responses, in OXFORD HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE LAW (Francesco Francioni and Ana Vrdoljak eds. Oxford Univ. Press 2020), and Provenances Real, Fake and Questionable, 26 INT’L JOURNAL OF CULTURAL PROPERTY 285-304 (2019). Gerstenblith received her AB from Bryn Mawr College, PhD in art history and anthropology from Harvard University, and JD from Northwestern University. Before joining the DePaul law faculty, Gerstenblith clerked for the Honorable Richard D. Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.


AB, Bryn Mawr College; JD, Northwestern University; PhD (Fine Arts and Anthropology), Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

  • Art and Museum Law
  • Cultural Heritage Law

Courses Taught

  • Art & the Law
  • Property
  • Seminar in Cultural Property
  • Wills & Trusts

Selected Works