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Special Announcement: I-CONnect Columnists for 2020

David Landau, Florida State University College of Law

The editors of I-CONnect are pleased to announce our new slate of columnists for 2020: Sofia Ranchordas, Andrea Scoseria Katz, Alexander Hudson, and Yvonne Tew. We are confident that they will provide a diverse and fascinating set of voices, representing a range of regional and substantive areas of focus, for the coming year.

We would also like to give thanks to our outgoing 2019 columnists — Dian A H Shah, William Partlett, Paola Bergallo, and Jill Goldenziel. We are grateful to each of these wonderful scholars for agreeing to serve as columnists last year, and think you will agree that they added an immense amount to the blog.

The format of the columns is the same as in previous years. The goal is to provide ICONnect with regular contributors who have a distinctive voice and unique perspective on public law. Columns, while scholarly in accordance with the tone of the blog and about the same length as a normal blog post, are a bit more “op-ed” in nature than standard posts. Each columnist will produce one column every two months.

Although we expect that many of our readers already know their work, we append brief bios for each of our new columnists below. Please join us in welcoming them to I-CONnect!

Sofia Ranchordas is Professor of European and Comparative Public and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), Faculty of Law and an Affiliated Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He received her PhD from Tilburg University and the University of Antwerp in 2014. She occupied previous teaching and research positions at Tilburg University, Leiden University, and the Information Society Project (Resident Fellow). Her research interests lie at the intersection of constitutional and administrative law and law and technology. She conducts interdisciplinary and comparative legal research on public law and technology, smart cities, digital exclusion, quality of regulation, and digital government. She has published four books (Hart, Edward Elgar, Routledge) and a number of international peer-reviewed and US law journal articles. Sofia Ranchordas speaks regularly at international conferences, is a member of different research communities, and consults for governments and international institutions. She teaches courses on Dutch and comparative administrative law, law and technology, and digital government.She is the recipient of several national and international grants. 

Andrea Scoseria Katz is a comparative legal historian whose work explores the development of presidential power in the Americas. Currently, she is spending the year in residence at NYU School of Law as a Golieb Fellow in Legal History. In the fall, she will be joining Washington University School of Law as an Associate Professor. Andrea’s doctoral thesis, The President in His Labyrinth: Checks and Balances in the New Pan-American Presidentialism, uses Latin America as a foil for the U.S. in exploring problems of presidential power, and is under revision for publication as a book manuscript. Andrea’s published or forthcoming work explores questions of constitutional design in Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay. She also specializes in American constitutional thought in the Progressive Era (1890-1920). Andrea has previously held clerkships at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and at the District of Massachusetts (Senior District Judge Michael A. Ponsor). She holds a J.D. (2016) from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University (2016). 

Alexander Hudson is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen, Germany), in the fellow group for Comparative Constitutionalism. He earned a PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. The majority of his current research deals with realisations of constituent power in some form, including work on constitution drafting and amendment. He is the author of The Veil of Participation: Citizens and Political Parties in Constitution-Making Processes (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press). He also has ongoing research projects on public participation in lawmaking, constitutional referendums, and the diffusion of language in national constitutions. His earlier work includes research on law and courts in Canada and Brazil. He has taught courses at the University of Texas at Austin and the Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law in Rio de Janeiro, and worked for the Comparative Constitutions Project. 

Yvonne Tew is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, with expertise in constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and comparative law and religion. She is the author of Constitutional Statecraft in Asian Courts (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2020). Her scholarship has appeared in several law journals including the Virginia Journal of International LawColumbia Journal of Transnational LawAmerican Journal of Comparative Law, Cambridge Law Journal, and Washington International Law Journal, as well as in book collections from Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press,and Edward Elgar Publishing. Professor Tew holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. She earned her first law degree from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the Georgetown Law faculty, she was an Associate-in-Law Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and a Hauser Global Fellow at the New York University School of Law.


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