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Zachary Elkins

Associate Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin
Chapter Member: Texas SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Democracy & Governance

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About Zachary

 Elkins’ research focuses on issues of democracy, constitutional reform, research methods, and national identity, with an emphasis on cases in Latin America. 

Contributions

The Case for Maintaining U.S. Birthright Citizenship

In the News

Guest to discuss the second amendment on TheFIREorg, Zachary Elkins, May 3, 2016.
Zachary Elkins's research on "UT Game Changers: Zachary Elkins," The University of Texas at Austin, January 10, 2014.
Guest to discuss Constitute, a new site that digitizes and makes searchable the world's constitutions on Jigsaw, Zachary Elkins, September 23, 2013.
"Rewrite the Second Amendment," Zachary Elkins, The New York Times, April 4, 2013.

Publications

The Endurance of National Constitutions (with Tom Ginsburg and James Melton) (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Examines the causes of constitutional endurance from an institutional perspective. Shows that whereas constitutions are imperiled by social and political crises, certain aspects of a constitution's design can lower the risk of death substantially.