Essays


  • Baseball Fandom and Spectator Democracy
    Thomas Bunting is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Shawnee State University. He is the author of Democracy at the Ballpark: Sport, Spectatorship, and Politics. As is often the case, baseball mirrors the political world in which it operates. …
  • Biden’s Legitimacy Problem: A Machiavellian Analysis
    Alex Priou is a teaching Assistant Professor in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics, and Society at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author of Becoming Socrates: Political Philosophy in Plato’s Parmenides. Faced with the dispute of “whether …
  • The (Un)Written Constitution
    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. This essay first posted at Starting Points: A Journal of American Principles …
  • Three Confusions in the Anti-CRT Movement
    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. There were doubtless many causes for Glenn Youngkin’s success in Virginia’s gubernatorial race …
  • Making Time for Constitutional Politics
    Nomi Claire Lazar is Professor of Politics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Canada, where she also sits on the Governing Board. She is the author of States of Emergency in Liberal Democracies (Cambridge, …
  • Greg Weiner’s This-Old-House Theory of Constitutional Obligation
    Sotirios Barber is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Now’s hardly the time for what Brian Christopher Jones calls “constitutional idolatry” (Constitutional Idolatry and Democracy (2020)). America needs the virtues of the American founding, especially the …
  • The Forgotten Constitutionalist
    Susan McWilliams Barndt is chair and professor of politics at Pomona College. She is a regular contributor to The Constitutionalist. John Dickinson is probably the most important American founder you’ve never heard of, or never thought much about.  Dickinson has faded …

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