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Arvind Abraham

S.J.D. Candidate
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Church, Temple & State: Law and Religion in India & The US

My dissertation is a comparative constitutional study of the American religious doctrine as enshrined in the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S Constitution, and the concept of ‘Constitutional Secularism’, which is part of the Basic Structure of the Constitution of India.

My project will examine the nature of the pluralism envisaged by the founders of the Indian Republic and how this conception has changed over the ensuing decades. It will also look at the purpose of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and how those concerns map onto those of the Indian framers. The project looks at the whether Establishment Clause doctrines can provide useful insights for Indian jurisprudence.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • American Constitutional Law and History with Professor Michael J. Klarman, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Methodology with Professor Vicki C. Jackson, Harvard Law School.
  • Intellectual History of Indian Secularism with Professor Sugata Bose, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • American Religious Doctrine with Professor Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University.

Additional Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Human Rights


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. 2020
  • NUJS, India., B.A LL.B. (Hons), 2017

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • University of Oxford, 2021, OPEN Fellow

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English (fluent), Malayalam (native)

Last Updated: August 18th, 2022