Professor Rahman teaches administrative law, constitutional law, and classes on law, inequality, and economic regulation. His academic research focuses on questions of democratic and participatory governance, public law, and economic policymaking. His first book, Democracy Against Domination (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) examines the tensions between economic regulation, new forms of private power, and ideals of democratic accountability in context of the financial regulation debate. His current research focuses explores the changing nature of inequality and economic opportunity, and the future of the social contract in this “New Gilded Age” of inequality and new forms of private power. He is also working on a series of papers on the crisis of American democracy, the role of social movements, and the prospects for more participatory and inclusive democratic governance.
In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Rahman works extensively with practitioners, policymakers, and organizers on issues of democracy reform and economic policy. He is currently a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and served as a Special Advisor in New York City Hall in 2014-15, advising on economic development strategy and policy. As the Design Director and part of the founding leadership of the Gettysburg Project (2013-17), Professor Rahman has worked with a wide range of leading national economic justice organizations and academics to develop new approaches to improving civic engagement in American politics. He has also worked for a variety of organizations on issues of democracy reform, including the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Governance Lab @ NYU. From 2015 to 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.
Professor Rahman was previously the Reginald Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he received a M.Sc in Economics for Development and a M.St in Socio-Legal Studies. Rahman then returned to Harvard for his J.D. and Ph.D. in political theory.