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Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown, where he teaches constitutional law and federal courts. He writes articles for the Harvard Law Review and the Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University.

Rosenkranz is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is already the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, and/or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.

Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1999-2000) and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2001). He served as an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (November 2002 - July 2004). He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert — most recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. His most recent Supreme Court brief was on behalf of the Cato Institute.

Rosenkranz is a member of the New York Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federalist Society.

More from Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz


Obama Suspends the Law. What Would Lincoln Say?

The Wall Street Journal. August 17, 2013.

Blog Posts

Immigration and Equality

April 6, 2015.

Targeting the Constitution

September 23, 2014.


Intellectual Diversity in the Legal Academy

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Vol. 37. No. 1. January 26, 2014.

The Objects of the Constitution

Stanford Law Review. Vol. 63. No. 5. 2011.

The Subjects of the Constitution

Stanford Law Review. Vol. 62. No. 5. 2010.

Public Filings

The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws

Testimony. December 13, 2013.

Bond v. United States

Legal Briefs. May 15, 2013.

City of Arlington v. FCC

Legal Briefs. November 26, 2012.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Bond v. United States: Concurring in the Judgment

Supreme Court Review. 2013-2014.