Skip to main content

Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and the Roberts Court's Vision of a Post-Racial America 2014

Speaker(s): Professor Aziz F. Rana, Professor Michael C. Dorf
Recorded on: May. 19, 2014
PLI Program #: 57616

Aziz F. Rana
Associate Professor of Law
Aziz Rana's research and teaching centers on American constitutional law and political development, with a particular interest in the intersection of citizenship with topics in national security and immigration. His book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (2010) (paperback, 2014), was published by Harvard University Press and situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, emphasizing how notions of republicanism and expansion have shaped U.S. law and politics since the founding. His current book project explores the modern rise of constitutional veneration in the twentieth century -- especially against the backdrop of the U.S.'s emergence as a global power -- and how veneration has shaped the boundaries of popular politics. He has written essays and op-eds for such venues as The New York Times, The Nation,,, and N+1. He has recently published articles and chapter contributions (or has them forthcoming) with Yale University Press, California Law Review, and Texas Law Review among others. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, he was an Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fellow in Law at Yale. He received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He also earned a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard, where his dissertation was awarded the university's Charles Sumner Prize.


A.B., Harvard University, 2000
J.D, Yale Law School, 2006
Ph.D. (Government), Harvard University, 2007

Michael C. Dorf is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University.  He has written over eighty law review articles and essays on constitutional law and related subjects. Dorf is the co-author (with Laurence Tribe) of On Reading the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 1991), the co-author (with Trevor Morrison) of The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2010), the editor of Constitutional Law Stories (Foundation Press 2004, second edition 2009), the author of No Litmus Test: Law Versus Politics in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), the co-author (with Sherry Colb) of Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights (Columbia University Press, 2016), and a co-editor of the casebook and related materials Constitutional Law (West, 2015 and yearly updates). Dorf holds an A.B. and a J.D. from Harvard University.  He served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States, and maintains an active pro bono practice.  Before joining the Cornell faculty, Dorf taught at Rutgers-Camden Law School for three years and at Columbia Law School for thirteen years. His popular writing appears regularly in Newsweek, Verdict, and on his blog, Dorf on Law.