Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Law School

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Law School

Draft papers available on SSRN.  LinkedIn profile here.

Contact: sabeel.rahman (at)

Twitter: @ksabeelrahman


I am an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and as of September 2018 will be the President of Demos, a think-and-do tank dedicated to addressing issues of racial justice, economic inequality, and democracy. 

I have previously been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and a Fellow at New America.

My research explores the history, values, and policy strategies that animate efforts to make our society more inclusive and democratic, and our economy more equitable.  I write, speak, and advise on these topics, working with policymakers, think tanks, organizers, and practitioners. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for The New Press and for the good governance group, United to Protect Democracy

In 2014-15 I served as a Special Advisor on strategies for inclusive economic development in New York City, and since 2015 have served as a Public Member of the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.  From 2013-2016, I served as the Design Director and part of the leadership team of the Gettysburg Project, an initiative working with organizers, academics, and funders to develop new strategies for civic engagement and building civic capacity. I have previously worked at and with organizations such as the Brennan Center for Justice, the Governance Lab @ NYU, the US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Global Economic Governance program at Oxford.

I studied at Harvard (AB, Social Studies; JD; PhD, political theory), and Oxford (M.Sc, Economics; M.St, sociolegal studies), where I was a Rhodes Scholar. 

Selected press mentions

"Liberal Economists Think Big Companies Are Too Powerful. Hillary Clinton Agrees." The Upshot. New York Times.
Neil Irwin, October 4, 2016

"America's Monopoly Problem" The Atlantic 
Derek Thompson, October 2016 issue

"Will Uber rouse the trust-busters?" Slate
Kevin Carty,August 9, 2016

"Could Hillary Clinton become the champion of the 99?" New York Times Magazine
Gideon Lewis-Kraus, July 23, 2016

"As Americans take up populism, the Supreme Court embraces business"  ew York Times
Noam Scheiber, March 11, 2016

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