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Professor Maryam Ahranjani

Maryam Ahranjani

Maryam Ahranjani
LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School
JD, American University Washington College of Law
BSEd (magna cum laude in Social Policy), Northwestern University
Member, District of Columbia Bar

 Curriculum Vitae SSRN

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 Ph.: 505-277-2113
 Office: 3238


Professor Maryam Ahranjani brings extensive experience as a law teacher, law school administrator, and legal and educational consultant to the classroom. She will teach Criminal Law and Constitutional Rights during the fall 2016 semester. Co-author of the textbook YOUTH JUSTICE IN AMERICA (2nd ed. 2014), Professor Ahranjani has appeared on C-SPAN and has authored numerous law review and other articles. Her law review articles have appeared in the South Carolina Law Review, Denver University Law Review, and American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Immediately prior to returning to New Mexico, she worked as a legal consultant in Guatemala City. During the fall semester of 2014, Professor Ahranjani served as a visiting professor at UNM SOL, during which time she taught Constitutional Rights, created and taught Education and the Constitution, and directed the law school’s Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project chapter.

From 2009-2014, Professor Ahranjani served as Associate Director of the National Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Professor Ahranjani has taught at the Universidad del Istmo Facultad de Derecho (Guatemala City), University of Pennsylvania Law School, and American University Washington College of Law.

A founder of the National Youth Justice Alliance, she is also recipient of the 2014 Marshall-Brennan Alumni of the Year, 2008 Alumni of the Year Award from the Latino/a Law Students Association and a 2006 American University Performance Award (a university-wide award given annually to two employees). She is fluent in written and spoken Spanish and spoken Persian.



YOUTH JUSTICE IN AMERICA (CQ Press, 2014) (with Andrew G. Ferguson and Jamin B. Raskin).

Book Chapters

High School to Law School: Marshall-Brennan and Moot Court, THE EDUCATION PIPELINE TO THE PROFESSIONS: PROGRAMS THAT WORK TO INCREASE DIVERSITY (Sarah E. Redfield, ed.) (2012).

The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project: A Case Study in Law and Social Justice, CHILDHOOD, YOUTH, AND SOCIAL WORK IN TRANSFORMATION: IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE (Lynn M. Nybell, Jeffrey J. Shook, and Janet L. Finn, ed., 2009).

Selected Articles and Other Publications

Maryam Ahranjani, You and Your Rights: An Integrated Curriculum For The Washington Post Newspaper In Education Program, 17 (2017).

The Prisonization of America’s Public Schools: Prioritizing “Security” over Privacy, Hofstra Law Review (forthcoming, 2017)

Evaluating High School Students’ Constitutional and Civic Literacy: A Case Study of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project (with Jeffrey J. Shook and Caleb Medearis) 90 D.U. Law Rev. 917 (2013).

National Constitution Day Teaching Modules ( (2005-2013)

Can They Do That to Me?! Does the 8th Amendment Protection Children’s Best Interests? 63 S.C. LAW REV. 403 (2011).

Mary Daly v. Boston College: The Impermissibility of Single-Sex Classes in Private Universities, 9 AM. U.J.G. SOC. POL'Y & L. 179 (2001).

Immigration Trends in the D.C. Area and What They Mean for Public Education, THE WASHINGTON POST, July 9, 2004.