Ashraf Ahmed

  • Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law

Ph.D., Columbia University (expected 2022)
J.D., Yale Law School (2019)
M.Phil., University of Cambridge (2012)
A.B., Harvard (2011)

Areas of Specialty

Constitutional Law, Theory, and History
Election Law
Administrative Law
Democratic Theory
Political Philosophy
History of Political Thought

Ashraf Ahmed is an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School. He studies constitutional law, theory, and history, election law, and administrative law. He is especially interested in constitutional norms, the separation of powers, the nature of legal argument, and issues of equality and representation. His work draws on methods in democratic theory, philosophy, and intellectual history. He is currently working on a series of articles on constitutional conventions that comprise his dissertation, “The Conventional Constitution.”

Ash received his B.A. from Harvard, M.Phil. from Cambridge, J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Columbia. He previously served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal, consultant for Demos, and graduate organizer for UAW. Ash is a native of Queens, New York and encourages others to visit.


  • A Theory of Constitutional Norms, 120 Mich. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2022)
  • Presidential Primacy Administ Democratic Decline (with Karen Tani), __ Harv. L. Rev. F. ___ (forthcoming 2021)