Faculty Profiles

Jon Michaels

Jon D. Michaels

Professor of Law
B.A. Williams College, 1998
B.A. University of Oxford, 2000
M.A. University of Oxford, 2006
J.D. Yale, 2003
UCLA Faculty Since 2008


Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic. Harvard Univ. Press (2017). Introduction

Articles and Chapters

We the Shareholders: Government Market Participation in the Postliberal U.S. Political Economy, 120 Columbia Law Review 465 (2020). Full Text
The Safeguards of Our Constitutional Republic, 65 UCLA Law Review 1391 (2018).
The American Deep State, 93 Notre Dame Law Review 1653 (2018). Full Text
Sovereigns, Shopkeepers, and the Separation of Powers, 166 Univ. of Pennsylvania Law Review 861 (2018).
Trump and the "Deep State", Foreign Affairs (Sept./Oct. 2017). Full Text
The Cycles of Separation-of-Powers Jurisprudence (with Aziz Huq), 126 Yale Law Journal 346-437 (2016). Full Text
Of Constitutional Custodians and Regulatory Rivals: An Account of the Old and New Separation of Powers, 91 New York University Law Review 227-91 (2016). Full Text
Separation of Powers and Centripetal Forces: Implications for the Institutional Design and Constitutionality of Our National Security State, 83 University of Chicago Law Review 199-220 (2016). Full Text
An Enduring, Evolving Separation of Powers, 115 Columbia Law Review 515-98 (2015). Full Text
Running Government Like a Business…Then and Now, 128 Harvard Law Review 1152-82 (2015). Full Text
Privatization's Progeny, 101 Georgetown Law Journal 1023-1088 (2013). Full Text
Private Military Firms, the American Precedent, and the Arab Spring, 48 Stanford Journal of International Law 277 (2012).
The (Willingly) Fettered Executive: Presidential Spinoffs in National Security Domains and Beyond, 97 Virginia Law Review 801-98 (2011). Text
Privatization's Pretensions, 77 University of Chicago Law Review 717-780 (2010). Full Text
Deputizing Homeland Security, 88 Texas Law Review 1435-1473 (2010). Full Text
All the President's Spies: Private-Public Intelligence Gathering in the War on Terror, 96 California Law Review 901-966 (2008). Full Text
Beyond Accountability: The Constitutional, Democratic, and Strategic Problems with Privatizing War, 82 Washington University Law Quarterly 1001-1127 (2004). Full Text
Deforming Welfare: How the Dominant Narratives of Devolution and Privatization Subverted Federal Welfare Reform, 34 Seton Hall Law Review 573-669 (2004). Full Text
To Promote the General Welfare: The Republican Imperative To Enhance Citizenship Welfare Rights, 111 Yale Law Journal 1457-1498 (2002). Full Text
Faith in the Courts? The Political and Legal Future of Federally-Funded Faith-Based Initiatives (co-authored), 20 Yale Law & Policy Review 183-225 (2002).