Gary J. Jacobsohn

Gary J. Jacobsohn

  • Professor of Government
  • Professor of Law

Faculty Profile: Gary J. Jacobsohn

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Biography

Gary Jacobsohn is the H. Malcolm Macdonald Professor of Constitutional and Comparative Law in the Department of Government and Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin.  Before coming to the University of Texas he was for many years in the Department of Political Science at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Among his books are: CONSTITUTIONAL IDENTITY (Harvard University Press, 2010); THE WHEEL OF LAW: INDIA’S SECULARISM IN COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT (Princeton University Press, 2003, Oxford University Press – India, 2003); APPLE OF GOLD: CONSTITUTIONALISM IN ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES (Princeton University Press, 1993); THE SUPREME COURT AND THE DECLINE OF CONSTITUTIONAL ASPIRATION (Rowman & Littlefield, 1986); and PRAGMATISM, STATESMANSHIP, AND THE SUPREME COURT (Cornell University Press, 1977).  He has published numerous scholarly articles, most recently on American constitutional identity, values and principles in comparative constitutional law, and the phenomenon of constitutional revolution.  CONSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTION is under contract with Yale University Press.  COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY (co-editor and author, Miguel Schor, Elgar Press) is forthcoming, 2017.

Jacobsohn’s interests and work lie at the intersection of constitutional theory and comparative constitutionalism. He has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a past President of the New England Political Science Association, and has served as co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield series on Studies in American Constitutionalism.