Hiram E. Chodosh became president of Claremont McKenna College on July 1, 2013. He is CMC’s fifth president. President Chodosh is a recognized innovator in higher education, comparative law scholarship, and international justice reform.
Born in 1962 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, President Chodosh received his B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in 1985, and his J.D. in 1990 from Yale Law School. He began his law career at the international firm of Cleary, Gottlieb in New York. In 1993, he left the firm to join the faculty of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Over his 13-year tenure at Case, President Chodosh developed a reputation as an innovator, both in the classroom and in positions of academic leadership. He served as the Hostetler Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He also directed the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. He received the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2000.
Building on his achievements at Case, President Chodosh became Dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 2006. He also served as the Hugh B. Brown Endowed Presidential Professor of Law and Senior Presidential Adviser on Global Strategy. During his seven-year tenure, he worked collaboratively to establish several new centers on law and bioscience, global justice, educational innovation, and veterans. He also led efforts in the vision, design, and approval for a new $62.5 million LEED Platinum law school facility. Recognized for designing and executing groundbreaking educational models to enhance leadership experiences for students, interdisciplinary research projects, the adaptive use of technology, and global education, President Chodosh was named one of the 25 most influential legal educators by the National Jurist magazine in 2012.
Throughout his career as a scholar and global reformer, President Chodosh has worked in more than 20 countries in Asia and the Middle East. He has published many articles, books, and essays on mediation, legal reform, and comparative law. His recent books include: Uniform Civil Code of India: A Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse (with Shimon Shetreet, 2016); Law in Iraq: A Document Companion (with co-editor Chibli Mallat, 2013), both published by Oxford University Press, and Global Justice Reform: A Comparative Methodology, (2005, NYU Press).
Beyond his scholarship and educational innovations, President Chodosh has been recognized for the impact of his justice reform efforts. He has served in advisory positions on pressing problems in justice reform for the World Bank Justice Reform Group, the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, and many court systems, non-profit organizations, and national commissions. Since 1996, he has played a central role in the adaptation and growth of mediation in India, where he lectured and taught mediation as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2003. He also originated and directed the Global Justice Project: Iraq, a law and policy think tank (2007-2009), supported by a $10.4m State Department grant, to advise the Iraqi government on legislative and constitutional priorities. In 2011, President Chodosh was named a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award.
He is married to Priya Junnar, who directs CMC’s Athenaeum, and they have two children, Saja, 23, a 2015 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and Caleb, 20, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania.