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Erin F. Delaney

Assistant Professor, School of Law

A.B.: Harvard College; Ph.D.: University of Cambridge; J.D.: New York University School of Law


Research Interest(s): Constitutional design, U.S. constitutional law, and comparative constitutional law with particular attention to the role of courts in multi-level governance systems; Europe

Program Area(s): Law and Politics

Regional Specialization(s): United States


Erin Delaney is an assistant professor at the Law School with a courtesy appointment in Political Science.  Her research focuses on constitutional design and comparative constitutional law, with particular attention to the role of courts in multi-level governance systems.  Prior to coming to Northwestern, she was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and served as a law clerk to Associate Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court.

Select Publications

  • Judiciary Rising: Constitutional Change in the United Kingdom, 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. 543 (2014)           
  • Justifying Power: Federalism, Immigration, and Foreign Affairs, 8 Duke J. Con. L. & Pub. Pol’y 153 (2013) (Symposium Issue)
  • Becoming Supreme: The Federal Foundation of Judicial Supremacy, with Barry Friedman, 111 Colum. L. Rev. 1137 (2011) 

Courses taught

  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Constitutional Design


  • Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism, McGill University, September-December 2014
  • Walter Bagehot Prize, United Kingdom Political Studies Association, best doctoral dissertation in government and public administration, 2004
  • Outstanding Professor in a First-Year Course (Law School), 2014
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