David Abraham

Professor of Law Emeritus

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 1989, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Ph.D. 1977, University of Chicago

Phone: 305-284-5535
Office: G285

David Abraham, Professor of Law, received a B.A. in 1968, an M.A. in history in 1972, and a Ph.D. in history in 1977, all from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to entering law school, Professor Abraham taught for many years in the History department of Princeton University.

Following graduation from law school, he served as law clerk to Judge Leonard Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He joined the Miami faculty in 1991.

Professor Abraham teaches Property, Immigration & Citizenship Law, Citizenship and Identity, Law and the Transition to Capitalism and Law and Social Theory. He has been widely published in each of those areas as well as serving as a frequent media commentator for American, German, and Israeli newspapers and television.

Abraham has been a Visiting Professor at Tuebingen University in Germany, Deakin University in Australia, the École des Hautes Études in Paris, and the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast. In the spring 2010 semester, Abraham was UM's first Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. While in Berlin, Professor Abraham worked on a manuscript analyzing the transformation of citizenship in an era of neo-liberal globalization.


Articles, Essays and Chapters:

"The Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966:  Past and Future,” 2015 Lexis Emerging Issues 7331 (May 2015)

“Law and Migration,” chapter in Caroline Brettell and James Hollifield, eds, Migration Theory: Talking across the Disciplines (New York: Routledge Press, 3d  ed 2014), pp. 289-318.

“Immigrant Integration and Social Solidarity in a Time of Crisis: Europe and the US in a Post-Welfare State,” 2 Critical Historical Studies (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press 2014), pp. 215-253.

“The Contributions of Human Rights Struggles: A Comment,” in Norbert Frei, ed Toward a New Moral World Order (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag 2013), p. 203.

“To Have and Have Not: Dual Citizenship,”nytimes.comroomfordebate/2012/05/14

“The Geometry of Inside and Outside: Alienage and Birthright Citizenship,” 9 Berkeley Issues in Legal Scholarship 10 (BE Press 2011).

“Comment: Regional; Trade Agreements, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law,” 42 University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 291 (2011).

“The Citizen-Alien Distinction and the Global War on Terrorism,” in Yoav Peled et al eds., Democratic Citizenship in Times of War (Routledge 2010), pp. 77-100.

“The Price of Entry,” 19 Berlin Journal (Fall 2010), pp. 40-44

“Doing Justice on Two Fronts: The Liberal Dilemma in Immigration,” 33 Ethnic and Racial Studies (June 2010), pp. 968-985

“America, Germany, Israel: Three Modes of Citizenship and Incorporation,” International Labor and Working Class History #78 (2010), pp. 1-10.

“Recognizing the Problem of Solidarity: Immigration in the Post-Welfare State,” 55 Wayne  Law Review 1641 (2010).

“The Bush Regime from Elections to Detentions: A Moral Economy of Carl Schmitt and Human Rights,” 62 University of Miami Law Review 249 (2008).

“Constitutional patriotism, citizenship, and belonging,” 6 I•Con International Journal of Constitutional Law 137 (2008).

“Doing Justice on Two Fronts: The Liberal Dilemma in Immigration,” SSRN Working paper, http://www.ssrn.com/abstract=1005448 , Sept. 2008.

“Immigration Reform and Policy in the Current Politically Polarized Climate,” 16 Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review 457(2007).

"The Boundaries and Bonds of Citizenship: Recognition and Redistribution in the United States, Germany and Israel," in Anthony Grafton and Marc Rodriguez, ed,  Migration in History  (Rochester-Princeton 2007), pp. 201-49.

"After Ethnicity and ‘Constitutional Patriotism’: Searching for a Capacious German Membership,” in Joaquin Roy ed. Toward the Completion of Europe (Miami 2006), pp. 88-100.

"Wie Weimar: Die Deutsche Wahl,Die Zeit, 38/2005 (Hamburg), Sept. 20, 2005, http:// www.zeit.de/text/online/2005/38/wahl_abraham (trans. into Polish: Forum, Oct 2005)

"Solidarity and Particularity: E Pluribus Unum"?, 6 Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities 147 (Beersheva 2005)

"American Jobs But Not the American Dream,” New York Times (op ed), Jan. 9, 2004, p. A19.

"Citizenship Solidarity and Rights Individualism: On the Decline of Citizenship in the U.S., Germany, and Israel," Working Paper #53, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC-San Diego (2002)

“Is a Communist Father Still a Worthy Father?  INS Discretion and Asylum Politics,” 95 American Journal of International Law 204 (2001)

"The Good of Banality? The Emergence of Cost-Benefit Analysis and Proportionality in the Treatment of Aliens in the U.S. and Germany," 5 Citizenship Studies 237 (2000)

“Dealing with Histories of Oppression: Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann and William Styron’s Nat Turner. Histories of Oppression, Subject Positionality and Cultural Capital,” 2 Rutgers Race and Law Review 87 (2000)

“The Merits and Limits of Historical Adjudication and Government Inquiries,” 18 Law and History Review 607 (2000)

"Immigration, Labor Markets, and Social Inequality: A Comment," 30 University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 605 (1999).

"Analisi costi/benefici e proporzionalità nel trattamento degli stranieri negli Stati Uniti e in Germania," 5 Ácoma: Rivista Internazionale di Studi Nordamericani 13 (1998)

"Libertà senza uguaglianza: il legame tra diritti", 22 Alteragioni 93 (1997) (Italian adaptation and translation of "Liberty without Equality;  The Property-Rights Connection...)

"The Duality of State and Society in German Constitutionalism," 4 Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law 345 (1996).

"Liberty without Equality: The Property-Rights Connection in a Negative Citizenship Regime," 21 Law & Social Inquiry 1 (1996).

"Persistent Facts and Compelling Norms:  Liberal Capitalism, Democratic Socialism and the Law," 28 Law & Society Review 939 (1994)."Liberty and Property: Lord Bramwell and the Political Econ­o­my of Liberal Juris­­prudence:

Individualism, Freedom, and Utility," 38 American Journal of Legal History 288 (1994).

"Are Rights the Right Thing?" review essay, 25 Connecticut Law Review 947 (1993).

"Individual Autonomy and Collective Empowerment in Labor Law: Union Member­ship Resignations and Strikebreaking in the New Economy," 63 New York Uni­vers­ity Law Review 1268 (1988/89).

"State and Classes in Weimar Germany," chapter in M. Dobkowski & I. Wallimann, eds., Perspectives on the Rise of Fascism in Germany, 1919-1945, (New York: Monthly Review, 1989), pp. 21-68.

"Big Business, Nazis and German Politics at the End of Weimar," review essay, European History Quarterly 17(1987): 235-47.      

"The Collapse of Weimar," in Charles Maier and Stanley Hoffman, eds., The Rise of the Nazi Regime, 1929-1936 (Harvard Univ./Westview, 1986), pp. 1-9, passim.

"Labor's Way: The Successes and Limits of Socialist Politics in Germany since 1914," International Labor and Working Class History 28(1985): 1-24.

"Business Wars: On Recent Contributions to Weimar Scholarship," Viertel­jahrschrift  für Sozial-und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 72(1985):329-52.

"'The Collapse of the Weimar Republic': A Debate," Central European History 17(1984): 178-244; 268-90.

"Klassenkompromiss und Wiederkehr des Klassenkonfliktes:  Deutsche Unternehmer und Arbeiterschaft, 1925-33," Prokla 13:52 (1983), pp. 41-78.

"German Labor from Socialist Ghetto to Keynesian Cul-de-Sac," New German Critique 28 (1983):181-202.

"A Reply," American Historical Review 88 (1983):1145-1149.

"'Economic Democracy' as a Labor Alternative to the `Growth Strategy' in Weimar Germany," chapter in A. Markovits, ed., The Political Economy of West Germany  (Praeger, 1982), pp. 116-140.

"Corporatist Compromise or Masked Conflict?  Labor-Capital Relations and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic," Political Power and Social Theory 2 (1981):59-109.

"Conflicts within German Industry and the Collapse of the Weimar Republic," Past and Present 83 (1980):88-128.

"Constituting Hegemony:  Bourgeois Crisis of the Weimar Republic," Journal of Modern History 51 (1979): 417-450.

"Nazism and the Working Class," Radical History Review 18 (1978):161-165.

"State and Classes in Weimar Germany," Politics & Society 7 (1977): 229-266.


The Collapse of the Weimar Republic: Political Economy and Crisis (Prince­ton: Prince­ton University Press, 1981), xvi + 366 pp.; 2nd ed. (New York and London: Holmes & Meier, 1986), liv + 355 pp.

Book Reviews:

Selecting by Origin: Ethnic Migration in the Liberal State.  by Christian Joppke.  79 Journal of Modern History 658 (2007).

Two Cultures of Rights: The Quest for Inclusion and Participation in Modern America and Germany.  Eds. Manfred Berg and Martin Geyer, H-German Online (July 28, 2006).

Challenging Ethnic Citizenship: German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration. Eds. Daniel Levy and Yfaat Weiss, 38 International Migration Review 1258 (2004)

"Liberalism, Democracy, and Anti-Semitism," German Politics & Society (review essay) (2004)

From General Estate to Special Interest: German Lawyers 1878-1933. by Kenneth Ledford. 105 American Historical Review 1411 (2000)

The Rule of Law under Siege:  Essays of Franz Newmann and Otto Kirchheimer. ed. by William Scheuerman. 26 Contemporary Sociology 652-3 (1997).

Habermas and the Public Sphere. ed. by Craig Calhoun.  17 German Studies Review 613 (1994).

The Americanization of West German Industry, 1945-1973. by Volker Berghahn.  95 American Historical Review 535-6 (1990).            

Beating the Fascists? The German Communists and Political Violence. by Eve Rosenhaft.  New German Critique  38 (1987):184-87.

The Nazi Economic Recovery, 1932-1938. by R. J. Overy.  Journal of Economic History 44(1985): 986-87.

Die politische Polizei zwischen Demokratie und Diktatur. by Christoph Graf. American Historical Revie 89 (1984): 467-68.

Grossindustrie, Staat und NSDAP, 1930-1933.  by Reinhard Neebe. American Historical  Review 87 (1982):1414-15.

The Holocaust:  Ideology, Bureaucracy, and Genocide.  ed. by Henry Friedlander.  Journal of Interdisciplinary History 13 (1983): 152-54.

Deutsche Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik, 1815-1945. by Volker Hentschel.  Journal  of Economic History 41 (1981):677, 678.

Archivbestände zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der Weimarer Republik. by  Thomas Trumpp and Renate Kohne. Journal of Modern History 53:2 (1981): 365-8.          

The Plough and the Swastika: The Nazis and Agriculture, 1928-45. by J. E. Farquharson.  Journal of Modern History 51 (1979): 189-191.


 News / Media

Professor David Abraham in "Dual citizenship may pose problem if Ted Cruz seeks presidency" in The Dallas Morning News.

Professor David Abraham in "Born in Canada, Ted Cruz became a citizen of that country, as well as U.S." in The Dallas Morning News.

Professor David Abraham in "Sorry, Florida Watchers: The Zany State Did Not Accidentally Outlaw" in Slate Magazine, and in "Former Cuban Prison Chief Hiding In US" in Fox News Latino.

Professor David Abraham is quoted in "White House petition reaches 100,000 signatures for home-schooling family Obama administration wants deported to Germany, where teaching children at home is illegal" in The Mail on Sunday.

Professor David Abraham is interviewed in "Cuba to Turn Over Couple Who Fled With Children," an AP video and he also discusses the matter in "Family Suspected of Kidnapping Children May Be in Cuba" in The Ledger.

Professor David Abraham on the Obama Administration seeking to deport a German, Christian family who fled to the US to homeschool their children in The Washington Free Beacon.

Professor David Abraham appeared on the Sunday morning CBS news show discussing immigration law and a recent report with Rep. Joe Garcia, JD '91.

Professor David Abraham is interviewed on NPR for "The Path is the Problem" in which he comments Sen. Marco Rubio's path to citizenship for illegals, tough as it is, may still be too much for the Tea Party to accept.

Professor David Abraham quoted in Palm Beach Post about if Obama wants immigration reform quickly; promises counter proposal if Congress stalls. Read story

Professor David Abraham and Professor Kunal Parker discuss a recent report on immigration released by study by the Migration Policy Institute in The Palm Beach Post. Read story

Professor David Abraham  was quoted in the L.A. TimesThe Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times on a story discussing Cuba's lifting of exit visa requirements for its citizens.

Phone: 305-284-5535
Office: G285
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