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 Gender, Culture, and Equality (2003)
Doctoral advisor Rogers M. Smith
Other academic advisors Ian Shapiro
Notable awards APSA Ralph Bunche Award

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 democratic theory and issues of citizenship, immigration, multiculturalism, gender, and race.


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 receive tenure 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[1] 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.

She is currently Director of the Kadish Center for Morality, Law, & Public Affairs at UC Berkeley. The Kadish Center, founded by the American criminal law scholar and theorist Sanford Kadish, sponsors a weekly Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory. Co-hosted by Joshua Cohen, the workshop provides an opportunity for Berkeley students and faculty to discuss work-in-progress with leading philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions.



Selected articles[edit]

  • Jack Knight (ed.). "Why does the state have the right to control immigration?". NOMOS: Migration, Immigration, and Emigration. New York: New York University Press. 
  • "The Significance of Territorial Presence and the Rights of Immigrants". Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2016. 
  • "Immigration and Democratic Principles: On Carens's Ethics of Immigration". Journal of Applied Philosophy. 2016. 
  • "The Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory: Why the Demos Should Be Bounded by the State". International Theory. 4, no. 1. 2012. 
  • "Multiculturalism". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2010. 
  • "Democracy and Noncitizen Voting Rights". Citizenship Studies. 13, no. 6. 2009. 


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