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Dan Rohde
S.J.D. Candidate

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A Legal History of the Bank of Canada, 1934-1967

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • The Legal and Constitutional Development of Money with Professor Christine Desan, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Legal History: Methods with Professor Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School
  • The Theory and History of the Business Corporation with Professor Reinier Kraakman, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Legal Foundations of Capitalism
  • Legal Design of Money
  • The Legal History of Banking
  • Corporate Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Legal and Political Theory


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2019-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program 2018-2019 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law, J.D. 2011
  • Brooklyn College, M.S. in Primary Education 2007
  • Eugene Lang College at the New School University, B.A. 2005

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, Student Fellowship in Law and Political Economy, 2023-2024
  • Harvard Law School, Byse Fellow, 2022-2023
  • R. Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Legal History, 2022-2023
  • Weatherhead Center, 2021-2022, Canada Dissertation Research Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, 2020-21 Graduate Program Fellow, Teaching Assistant for LL.M. Writing Workshop
  • Weatherhead Center Canada Dissertation Research Fellow, Summer 2020
  • Harvard Law School, 2019-2020, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Advisor
  • Harvard Law School Summer Academic Fellowship, Summer 2019

Representative Publications

Rohde, Dan, The Bank of the People, 1835-1840: Law and Money in Upper Canada (February 24, 2023). Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4369752, Available at SSRN:

Rohde, D., & Parra-Herrera, N. (2023). “Law as Architecture: Mapping Contingency and Autonomy in Twentieth-Century Legal Historiography.” Journal of Law and Political Economy, 3(3). Retrieved from

Blog Posts and Other Media

Dan Rohde & Lev Menand ed., Reassessing Central Bank Independence (May – August, 2021):

Dan Rohde, Central Bank Independence & Commercial Bank Independence: Are We Asking the Right Questions?, (August 3, 2021):

Dan Rohde, Corporate Personhood & Corporate Purpose: A Response to Carly Knight, LPE Blog (January 5, 2022):

Dan Rohde, The Bank of Canada was not Built to Manage Inflation (At Least Not Alone), Monetary Policy Institute Blog (January 23, 2023):

Six Reactions to the Silicon Valley Bank Debacle, LPE Blog (March 23, 2023):

Dan Rohde, Bank of the People: History for Money’s Future, Money on the Left (April 5, 2023):

Additional Information

  • Co-Editor:
  • Harvard Law School, Teaching Assistant (Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism, Legal Architecture of Globalization: Money, Debt, and Development)
  • Languages: English, Latin (working knowledge)

Last Updated: October 20, 2023