Maeve Glass

Maeve Glass

  • Associate Professor of Law

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

Areas of Specialty

Constitutional History
Legal History of Slavery
Property Law

An award-winning legal historian who joined the faculty in 2018, Maeve Glass ’09 focuses on the legal and conceptual foundations for the U.S. Constitution and the implications for today. Her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject, “These United States: A History of the Fracturing of America,” received the American Society for Legal History’s best dissertation prize in 2017 and is the basis for her forthcoming book on the origins and evolution of the U.S. Constitution.

As a lawyer and a historian trained in Latin American and Native American history, Glass brings an interdisciplinary approach to her seminar, The Legal History of American Slavery, which examines the “law of slavery” from a wide range of perspectives, including critical race theory, gender studies, economics, and social history. In her property class, Glass takes a long view to examine how doctrines have evolved over centuries and remained relatively stable.

As an academic fellow at the Law School, Glass conceived the idea for “Law and Its History: A Workshop on Methods,” which brought together graduate students and professors from across Columbia University. She has held legal history fellowships at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law, where she completed her archival and doctoral work. She developed her individualized approach to teaching while she pursued her Ph.D. in history at Princeton University.


  • “The Creation of a Public Law Paradigm,” History and Theory (2021)
  • “In Search of the Abolitionist Constitution,” Cambridge History of the American Revolution (2021)
  • “Founding Properties,” Fordham Law Review (2021)
  • “Fixing America’s Founding,” Michigan Law Review (2020)
  • “Citizens of the State,” The University of Chicago Law Review (2018)
  • “Bringing Back the States: A Congressional Perspective on the Fall of Slavery in America,” Law & Social Inquiry (2014)
  • “Explaining the Sioux Military Commission of 1862,” Columbia Human Rights Law Review (2009)

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