Jonathan Bruno

Appointment 2018-2021

Jonathan Bruno

I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Michigan Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor at Michigan Law. Additionally, I have a non-residential research affiliation with Leiden University‘s Institute for Philosophy.

The questions that drive my research range across legal and political theory, intellectual history, and public and private law. With respect to the last of these, I am especially interested in constitutional law (above all the First Amendment), and in legal procedure, adjudication, and interpretation.

My current project is a book-length study of secrecy and transparency. In this work, I cast a critical eye on contemporary ideals of openness, and argue that we systematically undervalue secrecy in law and politics. I also grapple with the problem of unwarranted secrecy — of which there remains much, in and out of government — and develop a novel account of how concealment and disclosure, though apparent opposites, are necessary complements in a democratic polity.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, I was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. My professional experience includes the part-time practice of immigration law (pro bono), and service as a judicial intern to The Honorable Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

A graduate of Oberlin College (BA 2007) and Harvard Law School (JD cum laude 2013), I completed doctoral studies in political theory in Harvard’s Government Department (PhD 2017), where I was a recipient of the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for “best dissertation upon a subject of political science.”