David Abraham

Professor of Law Emeritus

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 1989, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ph.D. 1977, University of Chicago

David Abraham
Phone: (305)284-5535
Office: G285

David Abraham, Professor of Law, received a B.A. in 1968, an M.A. in history in 1972, and a Ph.D. in history in 1977, all from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to entering law school, Professor Abraham taught for many years in the History department of Princeton University.

Following graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to Judge Leonard Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He joined the Miami faculty in 1991.

Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Abraham has been a Visiting Professor at Tuebingen University in Germany, Deakin University in Australia, the École des Hautes Études in Paris, and the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast. In the spring 2010 semester, Abraham was UM's first Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. While in Berlin, Professor Abraham worked on a manuscript analyzing the transformation of citizenship in an era of neo-liberal globalization.


Circumcision: Immigration, Religion, History, and Constitutional Identity in Germany and the U.S. , 18 German L.J. 1745 (2017).

Homogeneity, Pluralism and Toleration, Philosophie der Republik 289-303 (2017).

Einwanderung im Wohlfahrtsstaat: Die Solidarität und das Problem der Homogenität, 56 Der Staat 535 (2017).

The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966: Past and Future, Lexis 2015 Emerging Issues 7331 (2015).

Law and Migration, Migration Theory: Talking across the Disciplines 289-318 (2014).

Immigrant Integration and Social Solidarity in a Time of Crisis: Europe and the US in a Post-Welfare State, 2 Critical Historical Studies 215-253 (2014).

The Contributions of Human Rights Struggles: A Comment, Norbert Frei, ed Toward a New Moral World Order 203 (2013).

To Have and Have Not: Dual Citizenship, nytimes.comroomfordebate (2012).

The Geometry of Inside and Outside: Alienage and Birthright Citizenship, 10 Berkeley Issues in Legal Scholarship (2011).

Comment: Regional; Trade Agreements, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, 42 University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 291 (2011).

Doing Justice on Two Fronts: The Liberal Dilemma in Immigration, 33 Ethnic and Racial Studies 968-985 (2010).

The Citizen-Alien Distinction and the Global War on Terrorism, Yoav Peled et al eds., Democratic Citizenship in Times of War Routledge 77-100 (2010).

The Price of Entry, 19 Berlin Journal 40-44 (2010).

America, Germany, Israel: Three Modes of Citizenship and Incorporation, 78 International Labor and Working Class History 1-10 (2010).

America, Germany, Israel: Three Modes of Citizenship and Incorporation, 78 International Labor and Working Class History 1-10 (2010).

Recognizing the Problem of Solidarity: Immigration in the Post-Welfare State, 55 Wayne Law Review 1641 (2010).

The Bush Regime from Elections to Detentions: A Moral Economy of Carl Schmitt and Human Rights, 62 University of Miami Law Review 249 (2008).

Constitutional patriotism, citizenship, and belonging, 6 I•Con International Journal of Constitutional Law 137 (2008).

Doing Justice on Two Fronts: The Liberal Dilemma in Immigration, (2008).

Immigration Reform and Policy in the Current Politically Polarized Climate, 16 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 457 (2007).

The Boundaries and Bonds of Citizenship: Recognition and Redistribution in the United States, Germany and Israel, Anthony Grafton and Marc Rodriguez, ed, Migration in History 201-49 (2007).

After Ethnicity and ‘Constitutional Patriotism’: Searching for a Capacious German Membership, Joaquin Roy ed. Toward the Completion of Europe 88-100 (2006).

Wie Weimar: Die Deutsche Wahl, 38 Die Zeit (2005).

Solidarity and Particularity: E Pluribus Unum, 6 Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities 147 (2005).

American Jobs But Not the American Dream (op ed), New York Times A19 (2004).

Citizenship Solidarity and Rights Individualism: On the Decline of Citizenship in the U.S., Germany, and Israel, 53 Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (2002).

Is a Communist Father Still a Worthy Father? INS Discretion and Asylum Politics, 95 American Journal of International Law 204 (2001).

The Good of Banality? The Emergence of Cost-Benefit Analysis and Proportionality in the Treatment of Aliens in the U.S. and Germany, 5 Citizenship Studies 237 (2000).

Dealing with Histories of Oppression: Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann and William Styron’s Nat Turner. Histories of Oppression, Subject Positionality and Cultural Capital, 2 Rutgers Race and Law Review 87 (2000).

The Merits and Limits of Historical Adjudication and Government Inquiries, 18 Law and History Review 607 (2000).

 News / Media

Professor David Abraham in "Dual citizenship may pose problem if Ted Cruz seeks presidency" in The Dallas Morning News.

Professor David Abraham in "Born in Canada, Ted Cruz became a citizen of that country, as well as U.S." in The Dallas Morning News.

Professor David Abraham in "Sorry, Florida Watchers: The Zany State Did Not Accidentally Outlaw" in Slate Magazine, and in "Former Cuban Prison Chief Hiding In US" in Fox News Latino.

Professor David Abraham is quoted in "White House petition reaches 100,000 signatures for home-schooling family Obama administration wants deported to Germany, where teaching children at home is illegal" in The Mail on Sunday.

Professor David Abraham is interviewed in "Cuba to Turn Over Couple Who Fled With Children," an AP video and he also discusses the matter in "Family Suspected of Kidnapping Children May Be in Cuba" in The Ledger.

Professor David Abraham on the Obama Administration seeking to deport a German, Christian family who fled to the US to homeschool their children in The Washington Free Beacon.

Professor David Abraham appeared on the Sunday morning CBS news show discussing immigration law and a recent report with Rep. Joe Garcia, JD '91.

Professor David Abraham is interviewed on NPR for "The Path is the Problem" in which he comments Sen. Marco Rubio's path to citizenship for illegals, tough as it is, may still be too much for the Tea Party to accept.

Professor David Abraham quoted in Palm Beach Post about if Obama wants immigration reform quickly; promises counter proposal if Congress stalls. Read story

Professor David Abraham and Professor Kunal Parker discuss a recent report on immigration released by study by the Migration Policy Institute in The Palm Beach Post. Read story

Professor David Abraham  was quoted in the L.A. TimesThe Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times on a story discussing Cuba's lifting of exit visa requirements for its citizens.

David Abraham
Phone: (305)284-5535
Office: G285
Faculty Assistant

May, Catherine

Phone: (305) 284-3910
Office: G287

Area of Expertise

  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Property Law
  • Political Economy; Europe