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 is a legal historian who focuses on the formation of public law in early America. Her work examines the relationship between constitutional rules of partnership and private ordering mechanisms of property and contract. 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.

Glass' scholarship 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 forthcoming book, The Water Ground: A New History of America's Constitution, is based on her doctoral dissertation, which received the American Society for Legal History's William Cromwell Dissertation Prize. Currently a Fellow in the ASLH Wallace Johnson First Book Program, Glass has held legal history fellowships at Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Law. 


  • “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