Erin F. Delaney

Professor of Law


Biography

Erin F. Delaney is Professor of Law with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science.  Her scholarship explores constitutionalism in comparative perspective, focusing on federalism and judicial design.  She was named the 2022 Federal Scholar in Residence at Eurac Research’s Institute for Comparative Federalism in Bolzano, Italy, and she has previously held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism at McGill University.  She has also held research fellowships at Edinburgh University and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.  She has been honored with a number of teaching awards, including the 2015 Childres Award for outstanding teaching at Northwestern, and the 2020 Harvard Law School Student Government Teaching and Advising Award. 

Prior to her position at Northwestern, Professor Delaney was an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School and served as a law clerk to Associate Justice David H. Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review.  She earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University; her dissertation was awarded the Walter Bagehot Prize from the United Kingdom Political Studies Association for the best dissertation in government and public administration.  She graduated with an A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Federalism
  • Immigration Law


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Education

  • JD, New York University School of Law
  • PhD, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • AB, Harvard College

Prior Appointments

  • Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law, Spring 2020, Harvard Law School
  • Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism, Fall 2014, McGill University
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • MacCormick Fellow, 2014, Edinburgh Law School
  • Academic Fellow and Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School
  • Law Clerk, Hon. David H. Souter, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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