David Fontana

David Fontana
Samuel Tyler Research Professor
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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David Fontana is the Samuel Tyler Research Professor at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.   Before coming to GW Law, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, went to law school at Yale, and attended graduate school at Oxford. He is the author or co-author of papers on constitutional or comparative constitutional law that have been or will be published by leading scholarly journals in law, including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review, among others.

Fontana also writes about constitutional issues for a number of general interest publications, including most frequently as a contributor to the Washington Post Magazine. He regularly consults with Congress, presidential campaigns, and foreign constitution-drafters on issues of constitutional law. His new book on the problems caused by politics being controlled by a few neighborhoods in a few metropolitan areas is forthcoming in 2024.

Fontana will be the Daniel P.S. Paul Visiting Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School in the spring of 2023.


Curriculum Vitae     Publications


BA, University of Virginia; JD, Yale University

In the News

"Amy Coney Barrett’s Long Game"

February 07, 2022

The New Yorker cited analysis by David Fontana of Trump’s nominees to the federal courts of appeals.

"Justice Sonia Sotomayor: 'There is Going to Be a Lot of Disappointment in the Law, a Huge Amount'"

October 07, 2021
David Fontana is quoted by CNN about Justice Sonia Sotomayor's assertive dissenting opinions on cases decided by the Supreme Court's conservative majority.

"Justice Sonia Sotomayor: 'There is Going to be a Lot of Disappointment in the Law, A Huge Amount'"

September 30, 2021

David Fontana is quoted by CNN about Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissents expressing her displeasure with the decisions of a conservative Supreme Court.

"Congress Cares More About Washington Than Your Home Town"

September 02, 2021

David Fontana joins the NPR podcast "Think" to discuss how members of Congress are increasingly detached from the communities they represent.

"America’s Hidden Crisis of Power and Place"

August 02, 2021
David Fontana writes in the Washington Post about wealthy Americans retreating into pockets of the country, eroding public trust in our democracy.