Alumni (National Fellow)

Emily Zackin

National Fellow
B.A. Swarthmore College (2002)
M.A. Columbia University in the City of New York (2004)
Ph.D. Princeton University (2009)
Dream Mentor:
Tom Burke
Wellesley College
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Legal History
Political Science


Emily Zackin is assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation, “Positive Rights in the Constitutions of the United States,” won the Edward S. Corwin Award for Best Dissertation Public Law and the Walter Dean Burnham Best Dissertation Award from the Politics and History section of APSA. Zackin is the author of “Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places: Why State Constitutions Contain America’s Positive Rights” (Princeton University, 2013), which is based on her dissertation.

Thesis Description:

Positive Constitutional Rights in the United States

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