Sarah Song

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Fall 2019
Fall 2017
Fall 2015
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Research Interests: 
Political Philosophy
Citizenship, Migration, and Multiculturalism
Feminist Theory and Jurisprudence
First Amendment Law
B.A., Harvard University
M.Phil., Oxford University
Ph.D., Yale University
Personal Statement: 

Sarah Song is a political theorist with a special interest in democratic theory, feminist theory, and issues of citizenship, migration, and multiculturalism. She teaches courses in contemporary political and legal philosophy, feminist theory and jurisprudence, and First Amendment law. Her full-time appointment is in the law school where she supervises PhD students in the Jurisprudence & Social Policy (JSP) Program and teaches in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program. She welcomes Political Science students to take her courses offered at the law school.

Her first book, Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), explores the challenges of religious and cultural diversity, focusing on tensions between multiculturalism and women's rights. The book was awarded the 2008 Ralph Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association. 

Her second book, Immigration and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), explores the values and principles that shape and ought to shape public debate about immigration. 

Born in South Korea, Song immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six and attended K-12 public schools in Missouri, Illinois, and New Hampshire. She received a B.A. from Harvard College, an M.Phil from Oxford, and a Ph.D. from Yale. Prior to coming to Berkeley, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty in Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies at M.I.T. She has been awarded fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

From 2015 to 2020, Song served as director of Berkeley Law's Kadish Center for Morality, Law, & Public Affairs, which together with the Political Science and Philosophy Departments sponsors a weekly Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory.


Immigration and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism (Cambridge University Press, 2007) (Recipient of the 2008 Ralph Bunche Award, given by APSA for the "best scholarly work in political science which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism")


  • "Political Theories of Migration," Annual Review of Political Science 21 (2018)
  • "Immigration and National Identity," Symposium on David Miller's Strangers in Our Midst, European Political Science (2017)
  • "Why Does the State Have the Right to Control Immigration?" in NOMOS LVII: Migration, Emigration, and Immigration, ed. Jack Knight (NYU Press, 2017)
  • "Immigration and Democratic Principles: On Carens's Ethics of Immigration,Journal of Applied Philosophy 33, no. 4 (2016)
  • "The Significance of Territorial Presence and the Rights of Immigrants," in Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, eds. Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • "The Liberal Tightrope: Brettschneider on Free Speech," Brooklyn Law Review 79, no. 3 (2014)
  • "Feminists Rethink Multiculturalism," in The Ashgate Companion to Feminist Legal Theory, eds. Margaret Davies and Vanessa Munro (Ashgate, 2013), 139-55
  • "The Boundary Problem in Democratic Theory: Why the Demos Should Be Bounded by the State," International Theory 4, no. 1 (2012)
  • "Rethinking Citizenship through Alienage and Birthright Privilege," Issues in Legal Scholarship 9, issue 1 (2011)
  • "Three Models of Civic Solidarity," in Citizenship, Borders, and Human Needs, ed. Rogers M. Smith (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), 192-207
  • "Multiculturalism," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010, substantive revision 2016)
  • "Democracy and Noncitizen Voting Rights," Citizenship Studies 13, no. 6 (2009): 607-20
  • "What Does It Mean To Be an American?" Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 138, no. 2 (2009): 31-40
  • "The Subject of Multiculturalism: Culture, Religion, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Race?" in New Waves in Political Philosophy, eds. Boudewijn de Bruin and Christopher Zurn (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), 177-97
  • "Religious Freedom v. Sex Equality" (symposium on the work of Susan Moller Okin), Theory and Research in Education 4, no. 1 (2006): 23-40
  • "Majority Norms, Multiculturalism, and Gender Equality," American Political Science Review 99, no. 4 (2005): 473-89
  • "La defense par la culture en droit americain (The cultural defense in american law)," Critique internationale 28 (2005): 63-85

Law 210.2/PS 211/Philosophy 290 -  Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory (fall 2019)

LS 39F - Civil Disobedience (fall 2014, freshman & sophomore seminar and part of the On the Same Page Program on the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement)

PS 4 - Introduction to Political Theory: What is Justice? (spring 2013)

PS 191.3 - American Political Thought (spring 2012)

PS 215B - Topics in Contemporary Political Theory (spring 2011)



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