Samantha Von Ende

Graduate Assistant


Full Biography

Samantha von Ende (M.A., Bioethics; B.S., Biopsychology) is currently enrolled in a dual JD/PhD program through the Center for Constitutional Democracy (CCD) at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. As a part of her dual degree program, Sam serves as a Fellow at the CCD, where she works as a research consultant for the Center’s political and legal sector reform work in Myanmar, Lao PDR, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Broadly, Sam’s scholarship concentrates on varieties of constitutionalism, pluralism, and ethnic democracy in the MENA and Southeast Asian regions. Her research agenda explores the effects of constitutional structure and processes and the institutional and procedural design ethics that best inform durable models. Sam has published her work in several law journals, presented her research at several panels, and been invited to conferences hosted by the University of Berkeley, Yale University School of Law, the University of Chicago, Australia National University, the University of Iceland, Indiana University, and the People’s Supreme Court of Lao PDR, among others. During her tenure at the Law School, Sam has served as the President of the school’s American Constitution Society Chapter, as an executive team leader of a State Deparment-affiliated Diplomacy Lab project, and as the Executive Articles Editor of the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality. She has also played a role in teaching three introductory law courses; worked in a variety of roles as a research, teaching, and graduate assistant; and interned as a legal clerk in the Chambers of Judge David Hamilton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Indiana University has awarded Sam two of IU's highest academic honors: Ostrom Workshop Graduate Fellow (2018-2019) and John H. Edwards Fellowship Recipient (2019-2020).