Law Professor of American Constitutional Law, and Political Development

Cornell Law School

Aziz Rana teaches at Cornell Law School, where his research centers on American constitutional law and political development. In particular, his work focuses on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped legal and political identity since the founding. He is the author of The Two Faces of American Freedom and is currently completing a book manuscript, “Rise of the Constitution.” This manuscript 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.

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