Sarah Song (professor)

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Sarah Song
Born Seoul, Korea
Nationality Korean-American
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Yale University
Thesis Religious liberty and state neutrality: accommodating the free exercise of religion (1998)

Sarah Song is professor of law and political science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a political and legal theorist with a special interest in issues of citizenship, immigration, democracy, multiculturalism, and feminism.


Legal education in the United States
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Born in Seoul, Korea, Song immigrated to the United States at the age of six. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and Belleville, Illinois, before moving to New Hampshire, where she attended Pinkerton Academy. She received her B.A. from Harvard University in 1996, an M.Phil from Oxford University in 1998, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2003.

Career and writing[edit]

Song is the first Korean American woman to be tenured at Berkeley Law School and in the Berkeley Political Science Department. She is a popular teacher of a large undergraduate lecture course on justice at Berkeley. She has been awarded fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She is the author of Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism, which was awarded the 2008 Ralph Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association for the "best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism." Prior to moving to Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of Political Science and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her current research focuses on questions of citizenship and migration, as well as questions about boundaries in democratic theory.



  • Song, Sarah (2003), "(provided assistance)", in Langford, Malcolm, Litigating economic, social and cultural rights : achievements, challenges and strategies: featuring 21 case studies, Geneva: COHRE, Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, ISBN 9789295004276 
  • Song, Sarah (2007). Justice, gender, and the politics of multiculturalism. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521697590. 

PhD Thesis[edit]

  • Song, Sarah (1998). Religious liberty and state neutrality: accommodating the free exercise of religion. Oxford, Oxfordshire: University of Oxford. OCLC 43056573. 

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