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Jamal Greene

  • Dwight Professor of Law
  • Full-time faculty

J.D., Yale Law School, 2005
AB, Harvard College, 1999

Fields of study
  • Constitutional law, regulation and public order
areas of expertise

Constitutional law
Constitutional Theory
Comparative constitutional law
First amendment
Federal courts

Jamal Greene is a constitutional lawyer whose research focuses on the structure of legal and constitutional arguments. He teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, law of political process, first amendment to the constitution and federal courts.

Greene is the author of the book, How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession with Rights Tears America apart (HMH, March 2021). He is also the author of numerous law review articles and has written extensively on the Supreme Court, case law on constitutional rights, and the constitutional theory of originalism, including Rights as trumps? ( Harvard Law Review Foreword for the term of office of the Supreme Court 2017-2018), Rule originalism ( Columbia Law Review , 2016) and Der Antikanon ( Harvard Law Review, 2011), a Supreme Court investigation is now looking at examples of weak constitutional analysis, such as: Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Greene was a senior visiting scholar at Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute, where he commissioned and oversaw new academic research on freedom of speech and new communication platforms. He was visiting professor at Harvard Law School and was Vice Dean for Intellectual Life of Columbia Law. He is currently co-chair of the Oversight Board, an independent body set up to review decisions about content moderation on Facebook and Instagram.

Greene is a sought-after media commentator on the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law. His articles appeared in Die New York Times , slate , New Yorker Tagesnachrichten , and Die Los Angeles Times . In 2019, he served as an advisor to Senator Kamala Harris (D-Ca.) During Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Before training to be a lawyer, he was a baseball reporter for Sports illustrated.

Prior to joining Columbia Law in 2008, Greene was an Alexander Fellow at New York University School of Law. He was the clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the US 2nd Court of Appeals and for Justice John Paul Stevens at the US Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the American Constitution Society's Board of Academic Advisors.


  • The Age of Scalia, 130 Harvard Law Review , 2016
  • Rule of Originalism, 117 Columbia Law Review , 2016
  • The meming of a substantial due process, 31 Constitutional Commentary 241, 2016
  • The Supreme Court as a Constitutional Court, 128 Harvard Law Review 124, 2014
  • Pathetic Argument in Constitutional Law, 113 Columbia Law Review 1389, 2013
  • Thirteenth Change Optimism, 112 Columbia Law Review 1733, 2012
  • Der Antikanon, 125 Harvard Law Review 379, 2011
  • Profiling Originalism, (with Nathaniel Persily and Stephen Ansolabehere), 111 Columbia Law Review 356, 2011
  • On the origins of originalism, 88 Texas Law Review 1, 2009
  • Selling Originalism, 97 Georgetown Law Journal , 2009

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