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Ran Hirschl, Constitutional, Comparative, & Public Law, University of Texas at Austin

  • When: October 20, 2021, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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City, State: Constitutionalism and the Mega City

In this talk, Professor Hirschl will present several themes from his recent book City, State: Constitutionalism and the Mega City (Oxford University Press, 2020) -- winner of the 2021 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. 

You can find the book “City, State” at the book webpage on OUP's website here, which includes an extended abstract.

Headshot & Bio courtesy of University of Texas at Austin

As of Fall ’21, Ran Hirschl (PhD, Yale) is Professor of Government and the Earl E. Sheffield Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies constitutional law and constitutional institutions and their intersection with comparative politics and society. He is the author of several major books including City, State: Constitutionalism and the Megacity (Oxford University Press, 2020)—recipient of the 2021 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science ResearchComparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2014)—winner of the 2015 American Political Science Association (APSA) Herman Pritchett Award for the best book on law and courts; Constitutional Theocracy (Harvard University Press, 2010)—winner of the 2011 Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory; and Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism (Harvard University Press, 2004)—winner of the 2021 APSA Law & Courts Section Lasting Contribution Award, as well as over 120 articles and book chapters on comparative public law, published in social science journals (Comparative PoliticsPolitical TheoryPolitical Research QuarterlyLaw & Social InquiryJournal of Political PhilosophyConstellationsHuman Rights QuarterlyRevue Française de Science PolitiqueAnnual Review of Political ScienceAnnual Review of Law and Social Science), law reviews (e.g. the University of Chicago Law ReviewTexas Law ReviewHarvard International Law JournalAmerican Journal of Comparative Law, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law) and in agenda-setting edited collections (e.g. The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional LawThe Oxford Handbook of Political ScienceThe Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions, The Future of Economic and Social Rights).

Professor Hirschl has won academic excellence awards in five different countries; and has attracted over $7.5 million in competitive research grants, including, Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy and Development, Killam Research Fellowship awarded by the Canada Council of the Arts, Max Planck Fellow Group Award, and most recently a coveted Alexander von Humboldt International Research Award—the most highly-endowed research award in Germany. He is the recipient of a University of Toronto teaching award and the APSA & Pi Sigma Alpha certificate for outstanding teaching in political science. Hirschl is also co-editor of Cambridge University Press book series on comparative constitutional law and policy.  He served as co-president of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S); held distinguished visiting professorships at Harvard, NYU, the University of Göttingen, and at the National University of Singapore, and delivered many keynote addresses and endowed lectures in four corners of the world.

His work on comparative constitutional law has been translated into various languages (from French, Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish to Turkish, Hebrew and Mandarin), discussed in numerous scholarly fora, cited by jurists and in high court decisions worldwide, and addressed in media venues from the New York Times to the Jerusalem Post. Professor Hirschl is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)—the highest academic accolade in that country. The official citation describes him as “one of the world’s leading scholars of comparative constitutional law, courts and jurisprudence.”

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