Essays


  • What Universities Owe
    Jonathan Marks is Professor of Politics and Department Chair at Ursinus College in the Department of Politics and International Relations. He is the author of Let’s Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case for Liberal Education. After the January 6th Capitol breach, academics …
  • 1620/1820/2020
    James H. Nichols, Jr. is Professor of Government and Dr. Jules L. Whitehill Professor of Humanism and Ethics at Claremont McKenna College. The tearing down of statues, the renaming of buildings and schools, the discrediting of formerly admired founders, presidents, …
  • Principle, not Institutionalism, at the Supreme Court
    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. The June round of Supreme Court decisions will help reveal …
  • The American Creed and American History
    George Thomas is the Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions and Director of the Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Thomas is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. A number of states have rushed to limit how race can …
  • Follow the Science?
    Benjamin A. Kleinerman is the R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. He is the Editor of The Constitutionalist. Illustration by Madeleine Kleinerman, Second Year Student, Emory University Throughout this pandemic, science has often been invoked as a …
  • To Protect or Remove Due Process in Title IX Trials: Which is the Greater Injustice?
    Elizabeth Busch is the Laura and Pete Walker Professor in American Studies, Co-Director of the Center for American Studies, and Director of American Studies at Christopher Newport University. The editorial world is abuzz with reactions to President Biden’s nomination of …
  • A Trumpian Third Party?
    Charles U. Zug is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College. Recently, commentators have speculated that the Republican Party might fissure along pro- and anti-Trump lines, with a third party emerging as a consequence. In response, even more commentators have …

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