Essays


  • Action Civics Should be Celebrated, Not Banned
    Anthony L. Ives is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Texas A&M University. Regina M. Mills is an assistant professor of Latinx and Multi-Ethnic Literature in the department of english at Texas A&M University. This summer …
  • The GOP’s Minoritarian Defense and Justificatory Schema
    Laura K. Field is a writer and political theorist, Scholar in residence at American University, and Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. She is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. Counter-majoritarianism isn’t in and of itself always a problem. But when it’s …
  • A Constitutional Perspective on the Curriculum Controversies
    William E. Thro is General Counsel of the University of Kentucky, former Solicitor General of Virginia, and a constitutional scholar. Over the course of his career, he has served as chief legal officer for both a flagship research university and …
  • High Capacity Ballots
    Geoffrey M. Vaughan is Professor of Political Science at Assumption University. America and the world are watching in horror or amusement as the New York City Democratic primary results continue to be delayed.  Much of the problem is due to …
  • The July 4 Project
    Susan McWilliams Barndt is chair and professor of politics at Pomona College. She is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. Why don’t we celebrate September 3?             Why do we celebrate July 4? From the mouths of babes: My 10-year-old …
  • Fighting the Last President
    Greg Weiner is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Assumption University. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a regular contributor for The Constitutionalist. Editorial boards, like generals, fight the last war. The Boston …
  • Executive Power Under the Constitution
    Jeffrey K. Tulis is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. Michael McConnell has published an important new book that should be of interest to readers of The Constitutionalist.  The President …

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