Professor Madhav Khosla

Madhav Khosla

  • Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor of Indian Constitutional Law

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2017

LL.M., Yale Law School, 2010

B.A, LL.B., National Law School, Bangalore, 2008

Madhav Khosla is the Ambedkar Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia Law School. He is also an Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashoka University and a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He studied political theory at Harvard University, where his dissertation was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for "the best dissertation on a subject relating to the promotion of world peace", and law at Yale Law School and the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Khosla’s interests range across the fields of public law and political theory, and much of his work is on the theory and practice of constitutionalism under conditions of rapid democratization, weak state capacity, and low levels of socio-economic development. His work has been cited by courts in India and Pakistan.

Photo © Gauri Gill.



“Courts, Constitutionalism, and State Capacity” (forthcoming, American Journal of Comparative Law) (with Mark Tushnet)

“Democracy and Decolonization: How India was Made” (forthcoming, International Journal of Constitutional Law) (book exchange)

“India’s First Period: Constitutional Doctrine and Constitutional Stability” in From Parchment to Practice: Implementing New Constitutions (Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq eds., Cambridge University Press, 2020)

“Judicial Accountability and Independence” in Re-forming India: The Nation Today (Niraja Gopal Jayal ed., Penguin Viking 2019)

“Constitutional Rights in South Asia”, 16 International Journal of Constitutional Law 470 (2018) (symposium introduction) (with Jamal Greene)

“The Supreme Court” in Rethinking Public Institutions in India (Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav eds., Oxford University Press 2017) (with Ananth Padmanabhan)

“Constitutional Amendment” in The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Sujit Choudhry, Madhav Khosla, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta eds., Oxford University Press 2016)

“Equality in Asia” in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg eds., Edward Elgar 2014) (with Justice Kate O'Regan)

“Inclusive Constitutional Comparison”, 59 American Journal of Comparative Law 909 (2011)

“Making Social Rights Conditional: Lessons from India”, 8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 739 (2010)

“Proportionality: An assault on human rights? A reply”, 8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 298 (2010)



Comparative Constitutional Law (with Rosalind Dixon, Vicki Jackson, and Mark Tushnet, under contract, Oxford University Press)

India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy (Harvard University Press 2020)

Regulation in India: Design, Capacity, Performance (ed. with Devesh Kapur, Hart Publishing 2019)

The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (ed. with Sujit Choudhry and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Oxford University Press 2016) (cited by the Supreme Court of India in Government of NCT of Delhi v. Union of India, Civil Appeal No. 2357/2017, 4 July 2018)

Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (ed. with Mark Tushnet, Cambridge University Press 2015)

Letters for a Nation: From Jawaharlal Nehru to His Chief Ministers (ed., Penguin Allen Lane 2014)

The Indian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2012) (Hindi translation, 2018) (cited by the High Court of Lahore in Imrana Tiwana v. Province of Punjab, W.P. No. 7955/2015, 17 April 2017; Punjab Higher Education Commission v. Aurangzeb Alamgir, I.C.A. No. 1766/2016, 15 Feb 2017)