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Legal Scholar Aziz Rana to Join Faculty

BC Law welcomes the Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law from Cornell.


Incoming BC Law dean Odette Lienau is married to Aziz Rana, the Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law at Cornell University, who will also join the Boston College faculty as the Provost’s Distinguished Fellow in 2023–2024, and then as the J. Donald Monan, SJ, Chair in Law and Government beginning in 2024.

An acclaimed legal scholar, Rana is an expert in constitutional law, race and citizenship, and national security law who looks forward to engaging with the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.

With degrees from Harvard University (AB and PhD) and Yale Law School, Rana has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is the author of Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press) and the forthcoming Rise of the Constitution: An American Romance (University of Chicago Press). His writings have also appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Review, New Labor Forum, and Jacobin, among other venues.