Josh Chafetz received his B.A. from Yale University, his doctorate in Politics from Oxford (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before coming to Georgetown, he spent twelve years on the faculty at Cornell Law School.

His research interests include structural constitutional law, American and British constitutional history, legislation and legislative procedure, American political development, and the intersection of law and politics. His second book, Congress’s Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers, was published by Yale University Press in 2017. He is also the author of Democracy’s Privileged Few: Legislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions (Yale University Press, 2007) and is a co-editor (along with William N. Eskridge, Jr., Elizabeth Garrett, and James Brudney) of the leading casebook in Legislation, Cases and Materials on Legislation and Regulation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy, published by West.

His scholarship has been published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, and Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, among others. He has also written for a number of popular press outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Slate, and The New Republic. In 2019-2020, he served as a member of the American Political Science Association Presidential Task Force on Congressional Reform.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Josh Chafetz, The New Judicial Power Grab, 67 St. Louis U. L.J. (forthcoming). [SSRN]


William N. Eskridge Jr., James J. Brudney & Josh Chafetz, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 3d ed. 2022).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Josh Chafetz, Beating a Dead Corpse, 120 Mich. L. Rev. 1187-1197 (2022)(reviewing Don Herzog, Sovereignty, RIP (2020)).
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Josh Chafetz, Nixon/Trump: Strategies of Judicial Aggrandizement, 110 Geo. L.J. 125-150 (2021).
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Congressional Testimony

The Constitutional Framework for Congress’s Ability to Uphold Standards of Member Conduct: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on the Const., C.R., & C.L. of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 117th Cong., Mar. 11, 2021 (Statement of Josh Chafetz)(CIS-No.: Pending).