Distinguished scholar Bernard E. Harcourt, legal historian Jeremy K. Kessler, and international human rights expert Sarah Knuckey recently accepted faculty appointments from Columbia Law School. Harcourt, who currently serves as the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Visiting Professor of Law, and Knuckey will officially join the faculty on July 1. Kessler will clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit during the 2014–2015 term, and will join the faculty in July of 2015. With the addition of Professors Ed Morrison and Elora Mukherjee, a total of five legal scholars have accepted full-time faculty appointments at the Law School this past year.
Harcourt previously served as the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Chicago Law School. He focuses his scholarship on social and political theory, the sociology of punishment, and penal law and procedure. Harcourt is the author of several books, including The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order, and he is currently editing a collection of French philosopher Michel Foucault’s lectures.
Knuckey will become a faculty co-director of the Human Rights Institute this summer and join Mukherjee in clinical teaching at the Law School. Knuckey will serve as director of the Human Rights Clinic and as the Lieff Cabraser Associate Clinical Professor of Law. She arrives at Columbia Law School from New York University School of Law, where she served as director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice’s Initiative on Human Rights Fact-Finding.
Kessler specializes in First Amendment law, administrative law, and constitutional law. He previously served as the David Berg Foundation Scholar at the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law. He also writes about law and history for a broad range of publications, including The Los Angeles Review of Books and The New Republic.