Joshua Braver

Assistant Professor of Law

Joshua  Braver

Room 6109, Law School

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B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Yale Department of Political Science
J.D., Yale Law School


Joshua Braver’s primary interests lie at the intersection of constitutional law and political theory. His research mines the rich normative debates of past constitutional conflicts to construct limiting principles for moments when law’s boundaries must be pushed, stretched or violated. His current project provides the first comprehensive and conceptual overview of all seven changes to the Supreme Court’s size in light of recent controversies about court-packing. His book project, forthcoming from Oxford University Press and entitled “We, the Mediated People: Populist Constitution-making in Contemporary South America,” examines constitutional assemblies' rebellions against their governing rules, rules that were set by legislatures and are enforced by judiciaries. His work is published or forthcoming in the Boston College Law Journal, the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, among others. He has also written for more popular outlets such as The Atlantic Monthly, Politico, Lawfare, Dissent, and Talking Points Memo.

Joshua received a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and graduated as the Valedictorian of the Political Science Class. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D in political science from Yale University. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Joshua worked as a Civic Studies Fellow at Tufts University and then as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School.

Scholarship & Publications


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  • Sumudu Atapattu, Joshua Braver, Heinz Klug and Mark Sidel spoke on global perspectives on civic health at the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies conference on civic health on April 16, 2024.

  • Joshua Braver comments on court-packing testimony, expands on findings from his article, in a September 2021 post on the Volokh Conspiracy. Read the article

  • Joshua Braver gave an online talk in December, "The Myth of Recurrent Court-Packing." The talk was based on the article Braver wrote for the newly-launched blog, The Constitutionalist.

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