Jeremy Kessler

Associate Professor of Law



Jeremy K. Kessler, a legal historian whose scholarship focuses on First Amendment law, administrative law, and constitutional law generally, joined the Columbia Law School faculty July 1, 2015.

Kessler’s forthcoming book, Fortress of Liberty: The Rise and Fall of the Draft and the Remaking of American Law (Harvard) explores how legal and political contests over the military draft transformed the relationship between civil liberties law and the American administrative state.  His review of Daniel Ernst’s Tocqueville’s Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940 will appear later this year in the Harvard Law Review

Kessler also writes about law and history for non-academic publications including The New Republic, n+1, The Boston Review, and Jacobin.

Prior to joining Columbia Law School, Kessler clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. He previously served as the David Berg Foundation Fellow at the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University, as a graduate fellow at Cardozo School of Law, and as the Harry Middleton Fellow in Presidential Studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. He currently sits on the board of the American Society for Legal History. 

Kessler received his J.D. from Yale Law School where he was a Legal History Fellow and the executive editor of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. He earned an M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College. 


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