Blake Emerson

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440 Prospect St., Apt. 2, New Haven, CT 06511
(610) 724-2417


  • JD, Yale Law School (expected 2017)
  • PhD (Political Science), Yale University (2016)
  • MA, MPhil (Political Science), Yale University (2013)
  • BA, Williams College (2007)


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My research explores the normative, legal, and institutional structure of the modern state.  Drawing on European and American political thought, I analyze the historical development and ideological impulse behind the regulatory and social welfare apparatus of the United States.  I am interested in understanding how such bureaucratic institutions can advance democratic values by providing the requisites for an egalitarian society, and by enabling the affected public to participate in policymaking.  My dissertation, Between Public Law and Public Sphere: Reconstructing the American Progressive Theory of the Administrative State, traces the intellectual origins of the contemporary American state to American Progressives, such John Dewey and W.E.B. Du Bois, and their reception of German conceptions of social administration.  I show how the Progressives’ democratic conception of the state has been realized historically, and analyze its internal normative and institutional tensions.  I have published articles in The Review of Politics, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and the Heidelberg Journal of International Law


Classes Taught:

  • Teaching Fellow, European Political Thought (Seyla Benhabib)
  • Teaching Fellow, Crime & Punishment (Casiano Hacker-Cordon)