Aziz Rana

Member of the Board of Editors

Aziz Rana is a Professor and Provost’s Distinguished Fellow at Boston College Law School and the incoming J. Donald Monan, S.J., University Professor of Law and Government (beginning 2024). His research and teaching center on American constitutional law and political development. In particular, Rana’s work focuses on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped legal and political identity since the founding.

His 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. His current book, The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document that Fails Them (University of Chicago Press, 2024), explores the modern emergence 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.

Rana has written essays and op-eds for such venues as n+1DissentThe Boston ReviewThe Washington PostThe New York Times New Labor ForumJacobinThe GuardianThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe NationJadaliyyaSalon, and The Law and Political Economy Blog. He has articles and chapter contributions published or forthcoming with Yale and Oxford University PressesThe University of Chicago Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewTexas Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, among others. To learn more about his work, please visit

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