Gordon Silverstein

Visiting Associate Research Scholar

Home Institution, University of California

LAPA Fellow, 2010-2011

LAPA Fellow

 409 Robertson Hall




Gordon Silverstein is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches courses in American constitutional law, American political thought, comparative constitutionalism and the separation of powers. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author of Law’s Allure: How Law Shapes, Constrains, Saves and Kills Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009) -- which has been awarded the C. Herman Pritchett Prize by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association for the best book published in 2009 in the field of Law & Courts -- and he is the author of Imbalance of Powers: Constitutional Interpretation and the Making of American Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 1997).

After completing his undergraduate education at Cornell University, Silverstein worked as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal in New York and Hong Kong and the San Francisco Chronicle. Silverstein has published a number of articles on aspects of constitutional law and the separation of powers, and some of his work has been supported by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Prior to Berkeley, Silverstein taught at Dartmouth College, Rice University and the University of Minnesota and served as a program director for the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. In addition to continuing his research and writing on American foreign policy, law and the separation of powers, at Princeton Silverstein will focus on the comparative study of the emergence and entrenchment of judicial review.