I am a professor of law at Cornell University, where my research and teaching center on American constitutional law and political development. In particular, my work focuses on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped legal and political identity since the founding.
My first book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press) situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, examining the intertwined relationship in American constitutional practice between internal accounts of freedom and external projects of power and expansion. My forthcoming book, Rise of the Constitution: How Empire Shaped an American Romance, (University of Chicago Press, 2023), explores the modern emergence of constitutional veneration in the twentieth century -- especially against the backdrop of growing American global authority -- and how veneration has influenced the boundaries of popular politics.
I have written essays and op-eds for such venues as n+1, The Boston Review, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Dissent, New Labor Forum, Jacobin, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Nation, Jadaliyya, Salon, and The Law and Political Economy Project. He has articles and chapter contributions published or forthcoming with Yale and Oxford University Presses, The University of Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Texas Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, among others.
I received my B.A. from Harvard College, my J.D. from Yale Law School, and my Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.