Noah specialises in US constitutional studies, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, free speech, constitutional design and the history of legal theory.
He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and chairman of the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of the Transitional Administrative Law, or interim constitution.
Noah was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a DPhil in oriental studies from Oxford University. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, serving as book reviews editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in near eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. He was a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard, after serving as a law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
He is the author of nine books including, Arab Winter: A Tragedy (2020), The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President (2017); Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (2013); Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices (2010); The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (2008); Divided By God: America's Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It (2005); What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation building (2004); and After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (2003). He is also the author of two textbooks on constitutional law with Kathleen Sullivan.