Alumni (National Fellow)

Jenny Cheng

National Fellow
B.A. Swarthmore College (1994) with Honors
J.D. Harvard University (2002)
Ph.D. University of Michigan (2005)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Carol Sanger
Columbia University
Fields of Interest:
Legal History
Social History
Social Issues


Jenny Diamond Cheng is a lecturer in law at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on the political and legal treatment of families and children. Professor Cheng earned her B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was the book reviews chair of the Harvard Law Review, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. She has been a visiting assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and a Miller Center Fellow in Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. At Vanderbilt, she teaches Education Law and The Individual in the Democratic State.

Thesis Description:

Are Children Citizens?: The Minimum Voting Age and Liberal Democratic Citizenship

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