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Jeffrey Matthew Rosen, American law educator, journalist. Bar: Pennsylvania 1992, District of Columbia 1992. Marshall scholar Balliol College, Oxford, 1986-1988. Member Harvard Club, Cosmos Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


Rosen, Jeffrey Matthew was born on February 13, 1964 in New York City. Son of Sidney and Estelle Rosen.


He graduated as valedictorian from the Dalton School (1982), summa cum laude from Harvard University in English Literature and Government (1986) and was a Marshall scholar at Balliol College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1988), from which he received a second bachelor's degree.


Legal historian David Garrow has called him "the nation's most widely read and influential legal commentator". Since 2013, he has served as the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. He has been married to Christine Rosen (formerly Stolba), a historian, since 2003.

He also has a law degree from Yale Law School (1991), after which he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Abner Mikva. He is a professor of law at the Law School of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has been the commentator on legal affairs for The New Republic since 1992. Rosen is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he speaks and writes about technology and the future of democracy.

He often appears as a guest on National Public Radio, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. Rosen has written frequently about the United States Supreme Court. He has interviewed Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice John Paul Stevens, and Justice Stephen Breyer.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg credited his early support for her Supreme Court candidacy as a factor in her nomination. His essay about Sonia Sotomayor, then a potential Supreme Court nominee, provoked controversy for its use of anonymous sources. However, other media outlets, including the New York Times, had relied upon similar sources.

Rosen worked with Justice Elena Kagan for many years and is the brother-in-law of Justice Department attorney Neal Katyal. In an opinion piece published after Kagan's nomination hearings and before the Senate's vote on her confirmation, Rosen encouraged Kagan to look to the late Justice Louis Brandeis as a model "to develop a positive vision of progressive jurisprudence in an age of economic crisis, financial power and technological change". Rosen's articles assessing the Supreme Court have been ideologically unpredictable.

He strongly denounced Bush v. Gore, but supported the nomination of Chief Justice Roberts, while opposing that of Justice Alito. He supported Sotomayor's confirmation, and has written opinion pieces for the New York Times Magazine about the Court's pro-business, anti-regulatory agenda.

Rosen also writes about the effects of technology on privacy and liberty, including articles about the Fourth Amendment implications of pre-flight screening by the TSA, free speech on the Internet, privacy in the Internet Age, surveillance cameras in Britain, data mining in Silicon Valley, technology and the Constitution, the effect of neuroscience on the law, DNA databases and genetic surveillance, and Google and the future of free speech.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1992, District of Columbia 1992.



Member Harvard Club, Cosmos Club, Phi Beta Kappa.


Sidney Rosen

Estelle Rosen