Sarah Song

  • Professor of Law
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    Faculty Director, Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs
  • Tel: 510-643-5637 | Fax: 510-643-2673
  • 422 Boalt Hall (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Catharine Schultz

Sarah Song joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2007. Her work focuses on political and legal theory with a special interest in issues of citizenship, migration, culture, religion, gender, and race. She teaches courses at the Law School in contemporary political and legal philosophy and citizenship and immigration law. She is currently Director of the Kadish Center for Morality, Law, & Public Affairs, which sponsors the Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory featuring work in progress by leading academics in philosophy, political theory, and the social sciences.

Her book, Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), analyzes theories of group rights for religious and cultural minorities and their intersection with women’s rights through a range of case studies in American law and politics. The book was awarded the 2008 Ralph Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association. She has written articles on the question of boundaries in democratic theory, the moral and legal significance of territorial presence for the rights of immigrants in liberal democratic societies, and the normative foundations of the modern state’s right to control immigration. She is completing a book entitled Immigration and the Limits of Democracy.

Professor Song has been awarded fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty in Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies at M.I.T. She holds a joint appointment with the U.C. Berkeley Department of Political Science.


B.A., Harvard University (1996)
M. Phil., Oxford University (1998)
Ph.D., Yale University (2003)