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Gordon Silverstein

Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Lecturer in Law
Gordon Silverstein is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut from 2011 to 2012 and as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley from 2003 to 2012. Silverstein also served as a Research Fellow in the Program on Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2010 to 2011 and as Fellows Program Director and Senior Editor of the New America Foundation in Washington DC in 2000-2001.  He also serves as Chair of the Organized Section on Law & Courts of the American Political Science Association for 2013-14.

His books include Imbalance of Powers: Constitutional Interpretation and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press 1997),  Law’s Allure: How Law Shapes, Constrains, Saves and Kills Politics (Cambridge University Press 2009) – which was awarded the C. Herman Pritchett Award for the best book published in 2009 by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association – and he is the co-editor of Consequential Courts: Shifting Judicial Roles in Global Perspectives (Cambridge University Press 2012).

His research areas include the separation of powers, foreign affairs law and U.S., and comparative constitutional law as well as American political thought and among his recent publications are “U.S. War and Emergency Powers: The Virtues of Constitutional Ambiguity” Annual Reviews of Law and Social Science (2011); “The Supreme Court and Public Opinion in Times of War and Crisis” Hastings Law Journal (2010); “Bush, Cheney and the Separation of Powers: A Lasting Legal Legacy?” Presidential Studies Quarterly (2009); “Singapore: The Exception that Proves Rules Matter” in Ginsburg and Moustafa (eds) The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as "Globalization and the Rule of Law: A Machine that Runs of Itself?" in ICON: The International Journal of Constitutional Law (2003).

Ph.D., Harvard, 1991
A.B., Cornell, 1981

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