Robert L. Tsai is Clifford Scott Green Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law. He is also Professor of Law at American University, where he has taught since 2008. Tsai is the author of three books on constitutional law, democratic theory, and legal history; his latest book is Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation (W.W. Norton 2019).

His articles have appeared or will appear in the Yale Law JournalMichigan Law ReviewGeorgetown Law JournalBoston University Law ReviewIowa Law ReviewGeorge Washington University Law ReviewBoston College Law ReviewConnecticut Law ReviewLaw and Contemporary Problems, and Constitutional Commentary. Professor Tsai pens essays on law, politics, and culture for a broad audience, and his writings have been published by Politico, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Boston Review, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He has also appeared on Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NPR.

Tsai is a magna cum laude graduate of UCLA and a graduate of Yale Law School, where he received the Harlan Fiske Stone Honorable Mention for Oral Argument and served on the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for Denny Chin, S.D.N.Y., and Hugh Bownes, U.S.C.A. 1.


J.D., Yale Law School, 1997
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1993

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