Harvard Professor | Constitutional Law Expert | Author | Bloomberg View Columnist
Harvard Law professor and author Noah Feldman was called “one of the stars of his generation” by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. A public intellectual for our times, he writes a weekly column for Bloomberg View and is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. Esquire magazine named him one of the “75 most influential people of the 21st century.”
Feldman is the Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows. Fluent in Hebrew by age 15 and Arabic by 18, he speaks five languages and is an expert on Islamic philosophy and law, the separation of church and state, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as a senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq during the drafting of Iraq's constitution.
Described as one of the three most influential contemporary idea-drivers by New York magazine, Feldman speaks widely on international affairs and what he calls "the intersection of ideas and real world power politics," including the evolution of U.S.-Chinese relations and the future of Islam and democracy in the Middle East.
Feldman is the author of Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Justices, which Publishers Weekly called "a first-rate work of narrative history that succeeds in bringing the intellectual and political battles of the post-Roosevelt Court vividly to life." His previous books include The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, Divided by God, What We Owe Iraq, and After Jihad.
A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Feldman earned a doctorate in Islamic thought from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
He is at work on a biography of James Madison. His new book, Cool War: The Future of Global Competition, will be out next year.