Charles Sabel

Professor of Law and Social Science, Columbia Law School

CHARLES FREDRICK SABEL

Columbia Law School | 435 West 116th Street | New York, NY 10027 | (212) 854-2618


Charles F. Sabel is the Maurice T. Moore Professor of Law and Social Science at Columbia Law School, a post he has held since 1995. He was formerly the Ford International Professor of Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent publications include Contract and Innovation: The Limited Role of Generalist Courts in the Evolution of Novel Contractual Forms, with Ronald J. Gilson and Robert E. Scott (New York University Law Review), New Modes of Pluralist Global Governance, with Gráinne de Búrca and Robert O. Keohane (Journal of International Law and Politics), Rethinking the Street-Level Bureaucrat: Tacit and Deliberate Ways Organizations Can Learn (Economy in Society: essays in honor of Michael J. Piore, MIT Press: 113-142), Dewey, Democracy and Democratic Experimentalism (Contemporary Pragmatism, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2012), and Experimentalism in the EU: Common ground and persistent differences, with Jonathan Zeitlin, (Regulation & Governance, Vol. 6, 2012, pp. 410 - 426).

Education

Ph.D. in Government, Harvard University, 1978

A.B. in Social Studies, summa cum laude, Harvard College, 1969

Professional Experience

September 2014–May 2015 Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School

July 1995–Present Professor of Law and Social Science, Columbia Law School

1990–July 1995 Ford International Professor of Social Science in the Department of Political Science, M.I.T.

1987–1990 Professor of Social and Political Science in the Department of Political Science and the Program in Science, Technology, & Society, M.I.T.

1984–1987 Associate Professor of Social and Political Science and the Program in Science, Technology, & Society, M.I.T.

1977–1984 Ford International Assistant Professor of Social Science in the Program in Science, Technology, & Society, M.I.T.

1976 Research Associate at Max Planck Institut fur Erforschung der Lebensbedingungen der Wissenschaftlich-Technischen Welt, Starnberg, Federal Republic of Germany

PUBLICATIONS

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"You will find it to be true, I think, so long as you remain deeply involved with the processes of your own imagination - not as alternative to what seems to be the reality of outward observation, not even as supplement to positive action and acquisition, because that's not the way in which the imagination can serve you best. What it can do is to serve as a sort of no man's land between that foreground of system and dogma, of positive action, for which you have been trained, and that vast background of immense possibility, of negation, which you must constantly examine, and to which you must never forget to pay homage as the source from which all creative ideas come."
Thank you, Josh Cohen, for this quote from Glenn Gould.