Maeve Glass

Maeve Glass

  • Associate Professor of Law

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2016
J.D., Columbia Law School, 2009
B.A., Yale University, 2004

Areas of Specialty

Constitutional History
Legal History of Slavery

Maeve Glass ’09 is a legal historian of early America. Her publications explore a variety of related subjects, including the importance of mercantile networks in shaping the United States Constitution, the formation of state citizenship as a category in abolitionist rhetoric, and the invention of constitutional history as a professional field of study. Glass’ work exploring these topics has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, Fordham Law ReviewMichigan Law Review, and The University of Chicago Law Review, among other publications. Her scholarship has received the Kathryn T. Preyer Prize and the William Cromwell Dissertation Prize from the American Society for Legal History.

At Columbia Law, Glass teaches two foundation 1L courses: Constitutional Law and Property. In addition, she teaches upper-level courses in American Constitutional History and a seminar on the history of race, law, and slavery. Glass was recognized for her law teaching in 2021 as the recipient of the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.


  • “Killing Precedent: The Slaughterhouse Constitution,” 123 Columbia Law Review (forthcoming 2023)
  • “Illuminating Constitutional Traditions,” in In Between and Across: Legal History Without Borders (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023)
  •  “Theorizing Constitutional History,” 60 History and Theory 331 (2021)
  • “Slavery's Constitution: Rethinking the Federal Consensus,” 89 Fordham Law Review 1815 (2021)
  • “Fixing America’s Founding,” 181 Michigan Law Review 949 (2020)
  • “Citizens of the State,” 85 The University of Chicago Law Review 865 (2018)
  • “Bringing Back the States: A Congressional Perspective on the Fall of Slavery in America,” 39 Law & Social Inquiry 1028 (2014)
  • “Explaining the Sioux Military Commission of 1862,” 40 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 743 (2009)

Professor Maeve Glass ’09 Receives 2021 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching