The Salvatori Center studies topics in constitutional law, American political thought and development, political philosophy, and liberal democracy, as well as public policy as it relates to constitutional and philosophical questions. Harrison Fellowships provide funding for students to work on their own research under the supervision of a CMC faculty member. Harrison Fellows are expected to devote an average of 40 hours per semester over the course of the academic year to their research. The Harrison Fellowship is awarded to four students and is worth up to $2,000.
Applications are due on October 1st!
Previous Harrison Fellows
Rukmini Banerjee: Her project examines how the disharmony built into the Constitution affects how it combats institutionalized racism.
Simone Flournoy: Her project consists of interviews and research discussing the breakdown of women’s rights and civil liberties at the hands of populist and authoritarian leaders in Poland and Belarus
Eva Augst: Through the lens of Hannah Arendt’s legal theory, her project explores the implications of a Wall Street Journal investigation that found that 131 federal judges violated conflict of interest recusal laws in the past seven years. The project emphasizes the importance of judicial canons and natural justice principles like nemo iudex in causa sua in maintaining the courts’ authority and legitimacy.
In “The Evolution of Originalism: How and Why a Third Era is Emerging,” Olivia analyzes the three distinct waves of originalism, asserting the emergence of a new, third era that takes a more progressive approach to this more conventionally conservative method of constitutional interpretation. This is accomplished through the lens of various Supreme Court Justices as well as constitutional scholars, with a focus on the opinion Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered in Bostock v. Clayton County to emphasize the growing liberal approach to third era originalism.
Tara’s project broadly examines the virtues and feasibility of hate speech regulations. In particular, she uses Jeremy Waldron’s “The Harm in Hate Speech” to present an argument for novel hate speech regulation, but critiques this approach for its lacking consideration of the drafting of such laws– what is called “the drafting problem.” She further explores examples of the drafting problem domestically and abroad to highlight how it might be unlikely for a hate speech regulation to meet Waldron’s goals of dignity for all.
Her project, “Principled Secularism or Politically Prejudiced?”, studied the constitutional justification for the French Burqa Ban. She also looked at the Burqa Ban’s influence on French secularism, islamophobia, and Covid-19 mask mandates.
Grace conducted research on the theory of global constitutionalism and compared case studies from China, Ecuador, and Bolivia to determine that certain qualities, like human rights protections, are universally useful for constitutions, but that some aspects of constitutions must be tailored to specific countries.
“The Conflict Between Universal Jurisdiction and State Sovereignty: Its Implications for the International Justice System”
Her project observed how constitutional interpretation has evolved due to changes in social norms, social movements, and contemporary debates regarding social equality, racial equity, and civil rights.
She examined theories of nationalism, specifically one that addresses its both exclusive and inclusive nature, in order to better understand the role it should, or should not, play in a liberal democracy.
She looked at different legal protections of free speech, the focus would be on the United States as compared to Germany, particularly in respect to the latter’s restrictions on hate speech in the wake of the Holocaust
“Factors that contribute to American colleges disinviting speakers from coming to their campus.”
“The way we study, think about, and (especially) teach and practice entrepreneurship and innovation in a free democratic society.”
“The rise of nationalism throughout Europe and its potential impact on the future development of human rights.”
“The Shifting Landscape of Israeli Constitutionalism.”
“Constitutional Law: National Powers, which is ‘Which branch, if any, has the right to be the final arbiter of the U.S. Constitution?”
“Francis Fukuyama’s Hegelian defense of liberal democracy.”
“Criminal Justice Reform: A Comparative Analysis of German and American Systems.”
“Trump, Populism, and Our Liberal Constitutional Order.”