Solongo Wandan

Assistant Professor of Political Science
309 Dale Hall Tower

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2 - 4 p.m.

Prior sign-up required (weekly sign-up sheet on office door, DAHT, Room 309). It is mandatory to sign-up on the physical sheet at my office door at least 1 day in advance. Office hours may only be scheduled via email if the student cannot meet during the regular times.

Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 2014
M.A.; M.Phil., New School for Social Research, 2008; 2012
M.A. (Magister), Dresden University, Germany, 2010

Solongo Wandan joined the Department of Political Science at OU in 2014, after receiving her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research (New York). Her research interests are comparative constitutionalism, constitutional and human rights, comparative legal methods, modern democratic theories, social movements, and transitional justice.

Her current research project investigates how new rights achieve that status of constitutional rights. In an upcoming book, she shows that new rights are constitutionalized through political mechanisms familiar from regular democratic politics such as advocacy, lobbying, and agenda-setting. New rights often do not enjoy widespread recognition at the time of drafting, and hence are not automatically included in draft bills of rights. To explain the concrete political dynamics and outcomes of this process, she develops an agenda-setting model of rights constitutionalization and comparatively studies rights such as gender equality, environmental rights, and sexual orientation.

Courses Taught: 
Comparative Constitutional Politics
Ph.D. Field Seminar in Comparative Politics
Governments Around the World
The Modern-Nation State and Its Challenges
Modern Democratic Theories

Planned Courses: 
Rights and Revolutions


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
“Nothing out of the Ordinary: Constitution Making as Representative Politics,” Constellations, 22 (1), 2015, 44-58.

Book Chapters: 
“Verfassungsgebung Jenseits der Konstituante: Solidarność und die politische Mobilisierung in Polen 1993-1997,” [Constitution Making Beyond the Constituent Assembly: Solidarność and Political Mobilization in Poland 1993-1997] in: Die Verfassung des Politischen: Festschrift für Hans Vorländer, ed. by Andre Brodocz et. al (Berlin: Axel Springer, 2014), with Maik Herold.

Book Reviews: 
Ran Hirschl, Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2014), Journal of Politics, 77 (2), 2015.

Emily Zackin, Looking for Rights in All the Wrong Places: Why State Constitutions Contain America's Positive Rights (Princeton University Press, 2013), International Journal of Constitutional Law, Issue 2 / 2015.