Hamburger is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at the Columbia University School of Law. He is a legal historian and a scholar of constitutional law. Before moving to Columbia, Hamburger was John P. Wilson Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was also Director of the Bigelow Program and the Legal History Program. He was previously Oswald Symyster Colclough Research Professor at George Washington University Law School and, before that, he taught at the University of Connecticut Law School. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia Law School and was the Jack N. Pritzker Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Northwestern Law School. Early in his career, he was an Associate at the law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP in Philadelphia.
Hamburger holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School (1982) and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University (1979).
- Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (University of Chicago Press, 2014)
- "Beyond Protection," Columbia Law Review (2009)
- Law and Judicial Duty (Harvard University Press, 2008) excerpt and text search
- Separation of Church and State (Harvard University Press, 2002)
- "Religious Liberty in Philadelphia," Emory Law Journal (2005)
- "The New Censorship: Institutional Review Boards," Supreme Court Review (2004)
- Separation of Church and State (Harvard U.P,. 2004) excerpt and text search
- "More is Less," Virginia Law Review (2004)
- "Law and Judicial Duty," George Washington Law Review (2003)
- "Liberality," Texas Law Review (2002)
- "Revolution and Judicial Review: Chief Justice Holt's Opinion in City of London v. Wood," Columbia Law Review (1994).