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Maryam Ahranjani

Maryam Ahranjani is an adjunct professor of law at American University Washington College of Law and associate director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. She directs the national and international expansion of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and oversees the program’s efforts in DC-area public and public charter high schools. She has worked in and around public high schools across the country for fifteen years and serves as a consultant to foundations and non-profit institutions on law-related education and diversity-related projects. Professor Ahranjani teaches an advanced constitutional law seminar entitled, “Education and the Constitution” to upper-level law students; and designed and teaches an externship seminar entitled, "Reflections on Purposeful Lawyering." Co-author of the textbook Youth Justice in America, Professor Ahranjani has appeared on C-SPAN and has authored numerous law review and other articles about students’ rights and civic literacy.

A founder of the National Youth Justice Alliance, she is also a recipient of the 2008 Alumni of the Year Award from the Latino/a Law Students Association and a 2006 American University Performance Award. A magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University, Professor Ahranjani obtained her JD degree from American University Washington College of Law, her LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is fluent in Spanish and Persian.