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 current book manuscript, Romance of the Constitution: Veneration and Resistance in the American Century (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press) explores the modern rise 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, Dissent, New Labor Forum, Jacobin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jadaliyya, The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, and The New York Times. I have published articles and chapter contributions with Yale University Press, The University of Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, and Texas Law Review, 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.