Jonathan S. Gould


Jonathan Gould is an Assistant Professor at Berkeley Law School. His work focuses on the relationship between politics and law, with special attention to Congress and the legislative process. In exploring these topics, he draws on a variety of methods and literatures, including from political theory, public law, and political science.

Gould’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. His article “Law Within Congress” won the Association of American Law Schools’ 2020 Scholarly Papers Prize for work by a faculty member in their first five years of law teaching.

Gould received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Law Review, and his Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of Government. He has worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge David Barron on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and at the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

Recent scholarship includes:

  • Law Within Congress, 129 Yale L.J. 1946 (2020)
  • The Law of Legislative Representation, 107 Va. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021)
  • Codifying Constitutional Norms, 105 Geo. L.J. (forthcoming 2021)
  • Rethinking Swing Voters, 73 Vand. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021)


Ph.D., Harvard University (2020)
J.D., Harvard Law School (2016)
A.M., Harvard University (2014)
A.B., Harvard College (2010)

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