Professor Madhav Khosla

Madhav Khosla

  • Associate Professor of Law

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2017
LL.M., Yale Law School, 2010
B.A, LL.B., National Law School, Bangalore, 2008

Areas of Specialty

Indian Constitutional Law
Comparative Constitutional Law
Constitutional Theory

Madhav Khosla is an Associate Professor of Law at Columbia University. Previously, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Khosla works across a range of themes in public law and political theory. Much of his writing and research has been on comparative constitutional law, with a focus on South Asia and India. Khosla 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. His work has been cited by courts in India and Pakistan.

Khosla's books include India’s Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy (Harvard University Press 2020), which was an Economist Best Book of 2020 and co-winner of the Order of the Coif Book Award 2021, The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (ed. with Sujit Choudhry and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Oxford University Press 2016), and Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (ed. with Mark Tushnet, Cambridge University Press 2015). In addition, Khosla’s writings have been published in academic journals such as the American Journal of Comparative Law and the International Journal of Constitutional Law, as well as popular forums like The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and Time.



Articles and Chapters

Honors and Awards

The Order of the Coif Book Award (for India's Founding Moment)


Edward M. Chase Prize, Harvard University (awarded for “the best dissertation on a subject relating to the promotion of world peace”)


Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship (for attending Yale Law School)


Other Professional Experience

  • Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi; Research Associate, July 2010–June 2011
  • Commission on Centre-State Relations, Government of India, New Delhi; Research Assistant, June 2008–May 2009
  • The Hon. Justice H.S. Bedi, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi; Law Clerk, Jan–Mar 2008
  • The Hon. Justice S.B. Sinha, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi; Law Clerk, Oct 2007

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