Jeremy K. Kessler

Associate Professor of Law

Office: Jerome Greene Hall 515
Tel: 212-854-4947

Assistant Info

Name: Marianne Carroll
Phone: 212-854-0653

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • First Amendment law
  • Administrative law
  • Legal history
  • Constitutional law
  • National security law
  • International human rights law
  • Law and religion
  • Yale College, B.A., 2006
  • University of Cambridge, M.Phil., 2007
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2013
  • Yale University, Ph.D., expected 2016

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.

His forthcoming book, Fortress of Liberty: The Rise and Fall of the Draft and the Remaking of American Law (Harvard) explores how the contested development of the military draft transformed the relationship between civil liberties law and the American administrative state.  Kessler's articles on First Amendment law, administrative law, constitutional theory, and American legal history have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and The Cambridge History of World War II. Kessler also writes about law and history for non-academic publications including The New Republic, n+1, The Boston Review, and Jacobin. He currently serves on the board of the American Society for Legal History and is the co-director of Columbia University's 20th Century Politics and Society Workshop and Columbia Law School's Legal History Workshop.

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.

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.

Selected Publications
  • “The Early Years of First Amendment Lochnerism,” 116 Columbia Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
  • “Working Themselves Impure: A Life-Cycle Theory of Legal Theories,” 83 University of Chicago Law Review (forthcoming 2016) (with David Pozen).
  • “The Political Economy of 'Constitutional Political Economy,'” 94 Texas Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
  • “The Struggle for Administrative Legitimacy,” 129 Harvard Law Review 718 (2016).
  • “A War for Liberty: On the Law of Conscientious Objection,” 3 The Cambridge History of World War II (Michael Geyer & Adam Tooze eds. 2015).
  • “The Administrative Origins of Modern Civil Liberties Law,” 114 Columbia Law Review 1083 (2014).
  • “The Invention of a Human Right: Conscientious Objection at the United Nations, 1947-2011,” 44 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 753 (2013).