Andrew M. Koppelman

John Paul Stevens Professor of Law


Andrew Koppelman is John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, where he received the 2015 Walder Award for Research Excellence.  His scholarship focuses on issues at the intersection of law and political philosophy.  His latest books are The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Defending American Religious Neutrality (Harvard University Press, 2013).  He has also published more than 100 articles in books and scholarly journals.  He is an occasional contributor to and the Balkinization blog.

Areas of Expertise

  • Conflicts of Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment
  • Law and Religion


Selected Publications

  • Does Obscenity Cause Moral Harm?, 105 Columbia Law Review 1635-1679 (2005).
  • The Tough Luck Constitution And The Assault On Health Care Reform (Oxford University Press 2013).
  • Defending American Religious Neutrality (Harvard University Press 2013).
  • Same Sex, Different States: When Same-sex Marriages Cross State Lines (Yale University Press 2006).
  • The Fluidity of Neutrality, 66 Review of Politics 633-648 (2004).

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  • AB, University of Chicago
  • MA, Yale University
  • JD, Yale University
  • PhD, Yale University

Prior Appointments

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, 1997, University of Texas at Austin
  • Assistant Professor of Politics, 1992-1997, Princeton University
  • Fellow, 1994-1995, Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions
  • Law Clerk, 1991-1992, Chief Justice Ellen A. Peters, Connecticut Supreme Court
  • Professional Staff Member, specializing in product liability reform, 1986-1987, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on the Consumer

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Zappone v. Revenue Commissioners (Ireland), Oct. 2006

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