Sabeel Rahman

Roosevelt Institute Fellow


K. Sabeel Rahman is a Four Freedoms Center Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and will be joining the faculty at Brooklyn Law School as an Assistant Professor of Law in 2015. Sabeel's work focuses on the future of democratic theory and practice, particularly in the face of growing economic inequality and the ongoing effects of the Great Recession.
His current book project explores the prospects for meaningful democracy in United States, in context of the “new Gilded Age” of economic inequality and upheaval, in the aftermath of the 2008-9 financial crisis. Drawing on debates in democratic theory, American intellectual history, public policy, and public law, he argues for the importance of creating deeper forms of democratic participation in economic governance, and examines the prospects for achieving such participation through local politics at the city level, and national politics in the regulatory state. In addition to his academic work, his writings have appeared at Salon and in The Nation.
Sabeel also works with practitioners to bridge the gap between academic research and democratic reforms. He currently helps direct the Gettysburg Project, a three-year program co-sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School, which works with community organizers, practitioners, and academics to develop a learning and innovation space in the field of civic engagement. 
Sabeel holds a Ph.D from the Department of Government at Harvard University (2013), a J.D. from Harvard Law School (cum laude 2012), and an A.B. summa cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard College. He also holds an M.Sc in Economics for Development (Distinction), and a M.St in Sociolegal Studies from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.  

For more of his research and writing, visit his website.

Follow Sabeel on Twitter @ksabeelrahman.