Josh Chafetz received his B.A. from Yale University, his doctorate in Politics from Oxford (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
His research interests include structural constitutional law, American and British constitutional history, legislation and legislative procedure, and the intersection of law and politics. His first book, Democracy's Privileged Few: Legislative Privilege and Democratic Norms in the British and American Constitutions, was published by Yale University Press in 2007. His second book, Congress’s Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers, will be published by Yale University Press in 2017. Beginning with the 2016 Supplement and the upcoming sixth edition, he is a co-editor (along with William N. Eskridge, Jr., Elizabeth Garrett, and James Brudney) of the leading casebook in Legislation, Cases and Materials on Legislation and Regulation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy, published by West.
He has published in a number of top law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, and Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, among others. He has also written for a number of popular press outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and the New Republic. He is currently a Contributing Writer for the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill.
Chafetz: Policy Creates Politics