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Sarah Song

Title: Professor of Law; Associate Professor of Political Science
Tel: 510-643-5637
Fax: 510-643-2673
Email Address: ssong@law.berkeley.edu

FSU Contact: Catharine Schultz

Sarah Song is a political and legal theorist with a special interest in democratic theory and issues of citizenship, migration, culture, religion, gender, and race. She teaches courses in contemporary political and legal philosophy, the history of American political thought, and citizenship and immigration law.

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 recently written articles on the question of boundaries in democratic theory; the moral and legal significance of territorial presence for the rights of immigrants; and the normative foundations of the modern state's right to control immigration. The latter was one of three papers presented at the 2013 American Society of Legal and Political Philosophy conference on the theme of Migration, Emigration, and Immigration, and will be published in a forthcoming NOMOS volume.

Professor Song is a recipient of 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)

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