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Aziz Rana

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Aziz Rana is a professor of law at Cornell Law School. His research and teaching center on American constitutional law and political development, with a particular focus on how shifting notions of race, citizenship, and empire have shaped legal and political identity. His book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2010), situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, examining the intertwined relationship in American constitutional practice between internal accounts of freedom and external projects of power and expansion. His current book manuscript explores the modern rise of constitutional veneration in the 20th century—especially against the backdrop of growing American global authority—and how veneration has influenced the boundaries of popular politics. He has written essays and op-eds for such venues as n+1, the Boston Review, the New Labor Forum, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jacobin, the Nation, the New York Times, Salon, and CNN.com.

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