Essays


  • Judicial Leaking Nineteenth Century Style
    Mark A. Graber is Regent Professor at the University of Maryland. James Buchanan’s inaugural address urged fellow Americans to allow the Supreme Court to resolve controversies over the status of slavery in American territories.  Anticipating the claim made one hundred …
  • Normalizing the Abnormal: American Constitutionalism and the Routinization of Emergency
    Ben Peterson is an assistant professor of political science at Abilene Christian University.  The United States is in a state of emergency—several in fact. As of this writing, the country is in a state of emergency with respect to 41 …
  • President Biden Needs a Covid Plan
    Charles U. Zug is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Joe Biden began his presidency determined to replace the chaos, corruption, and ineptitude of the Trump Administration with deliberateness, transparency, and competence. He was especially …
  • “Sleepy Joe” and the Need for Executive Energy
    Benjamin A. Kleinerman is the R.W. Morrison Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. He is the Editor of The Constitutionalist.  “Energy in the executive is the leading character in the definition of good government.”—Alexander Hamilton, Federalist #70 It is not partisan …
  • What We Find Between the Pages
    Kirstin Anderson Birkhaug is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Most of what I know of books I’ve learned from my mom. Like her father before her, she’s been a librarian my whole life, caring …
  • Principle, Prudence and the Seventh of March
    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. When Daniel Webster rose in the Senate to defend what …
  • Can We Teach the “Federalist Papers” Today?
    Steven B. Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University. Over the years I have taught the Federalist Papers more times than I can count and it has always been a challenge.  This is not due …

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