Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar
Ph.D. 2007, Princeton University
M.A. 2003, Princeton University
J.D. 1994, Harvard Law School
A.B. 1990, Harvard University
Kunal Parker is a Professor and Dean's Distinguished Scholar with a PhD in History from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Harvard University.
His first book, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790 - 1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. He is currently at work on a book, also be be published by Cambridge University Press, on the history of U.S. immigration and citizenship law from the colonial period to the end of the twentieth century.
Miami Law Professor Kunal Parker's book, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790-1900, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. The book argues for a change in our understanding of the relationships among law, politics, and history.
Professor Parker shows that in the world of the nineteenth century democracy was itself constrained by a sense that history possessed a logic, meaning, and direction that democracy could not contravene. In such a world, far from seeing law in opposition to democracy, it was possible to argue that law – specifically, the common law – often did a better job than democracy of guiding America along history's path.
Professor Parker's teaching areas and interests include American Legal History, Estates and Trusts, Immigration and Nationality Law, and Property.