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Tom Donnelly

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law


Tom G. Donnelly
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Tom Donnelly is a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at Princeton University. He has also served as a Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the National Constitution Center, as a Lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Political Science, as Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center, and as a law clerk for the Hon. Thomas Ambro on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Tom is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a Projects Editor for the Yale Law Journal and a Coker Fellow. While at Yale, Tom also received the Judge William E. Miller Prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. Tom also holds a Masters Degree in Politics from Princeton University, where he was awarded the Alpheus Thomas Mason Prize Fellowship and the George Kateb Award for Outstanding Teaching. Tom’s academic writings have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the Yale Law Journal, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the U.C. Davis Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the B.Y.U. Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and Constitutional Commentary, among other law journals. He has also written popular pieces for various outlets, including the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New Republic, Politico, Slate, Washington Monthly, Talking Points Memo,, The Huffington Post, and the Hill. Before receiving his law degree, Tom worked as an analyst at the Mellman Group, a polling firm. Tom received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Government and Philosophy from Georgetown University. Tom’s Dissertation (“From Lincoln’s Justices to the Fuller Court Revolution: Race, Class, and the Rise of the Modern Supreme Court”) focuses on the role of Supreme Court nominations in the constitutional politics of Reconstruction.


  • J.D. Yale Law School
  • M.A. Princeton University
  • B.A. Georgetown University

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