James W. Ceaser
James W. Ceaser, Ph.D., is Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. Dr. Ceaser received his Ph.D. in 1976 from Harvard University and has taught at the University of Virginia since 1975. Dr. Ceaser has also been a Visiting Professor at Claremont McKenna College, Harvard University, Laval University, Marquette University, and The George Marshall Center in Germany.
Henry L. Chambers, Jr.
Henry L. Chambers, Jr., J.D. has been Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law since 2004. He has published articles and essays on issues as varied as constitutional law, voting rights, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, criminal law, and evidence. He also lectures on constitutional law principles in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program, a civic education program for teachers. He received both his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia.
William F. Connelly, Jr. is the John K. Boardman Politics Professor at Washington and Lee University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from Boston College. Before beginning his academic career, Professor Connelly worked for the Connecticut General Assembly. In 1985-86 he worked on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. In 1991-92 Professor Connelly was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. His research interests focus on Congress, including his most recent book titled James Madison Rules America: The Constitutional Origins of Congressional Partisanship. Professor Connelly directs W&L’s Washington Term Program. In 2007 Prof. Connelly received the Virginia Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award.
Timothy Heaphy is the United States Attorney from the Western District of Virginia. He teaches regularly in the Center's programs for law enforcement officials.
Eugene Hickok taught political science and law at Dickinson College and the Dickinson School of Law for many years before entering public service. An award-winning teacher, he has published numerous books and articles on topics related to the Constitution, the presidency, congress and the courts. His commentary has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education Week. He served as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education under Governor Tom Ridge and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush. His most recent publications are Why States? The Challenge of Federalism and Schoolhouse of Cards.
A.E. Dick Howard
A. E. Dick Howard is the White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs at the University of Richmond. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he was a law clerk to Mr. Justice Hugo L. Black of the Supreme Court of the United States. His books include The Road from Runnymede: Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America, Commentaries on the Constitution of Virginia (which won a Phi Baeta Kappa prize), and Democracy's Dawn. He was the chief architect of Virginia's present Constitution and directed the successful referendum campaign for its ratification. Professor Howard has compared notes with constitution-makers in such places as Brazil, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Albania. The Union of Czech Lawyers, citing Professor Howard's "promotion of the idea of a civil society in Central Europe," awarded him their Randa Medal -- the first this honor had been conferred upon anyone but a Czech citizen. Five universities, including Wake Forest University and the College of William and Mary, have conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws. In 1994, Washingtonian magazine named him as "one of he most respected educators in the nation."
Ralph Ketcham is a Professor of History (emeritus) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of the authoritative biography of James Madison. Dr. Ketcham's other publications include The Idea of Democracy in the Modern Era (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2004), Framed for Posterity: The Enduring Philosophy of the Constitution (1993), Individualism in Public Life: A Modern Dilemma (1987), and Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829 (1984).
Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy. An historian by training, he has specialized in the explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. His book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), was named the best book in U.S. history by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. A significantly revised and updated edition of The Right to Vote was published in 2009. His 1986 book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, was awarded three scholarly prizes. Keyssar is coauthor of The Way of the Ship: America's Maritime History Reenvisioned, 1600-2000 (2008), and of Inventing America, a text integrating the history of technology and science into the mainstream of American history. In addition, he is coeditor of a series on Comparative and International Working-Class History. In 2004/5, Keyssar chaired the Social Science Research Council's National Research Commission on Voting and Elections, and writes frequently for the popular press about American politics and history. Keyssar's current research interests include election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.
Benjamin A. Kleinerman
Benjamin A. Kleinerman, Ph.D., received his BA in Political Science from Kenyon College and his PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University. A former Visiting Scholar in the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University, Dr. Kleinerman has also taught at Oberlin College and the Virginia Military Institute. He has written articles appearing in Perspectives on Politics and American Political Science Review and he recently published The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril or Executive Power, a book addressing the role of discretionary executive power.
Susan M. Leeson
Susan M. Leeson was a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court and a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals. Before her judicial service, Leeson taught political science at Willamette University (political theory and public law) and dispute resolution, legal history, and jurisprudence at the College of Law. She also has been a Judicial Fellow at the United States Supreme Court and a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Leeson has co-authored texts on constitutional law and dispute resolution, and published articles on law and political theory. Currently, she is the staff mediator for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. She speaks regularly at teacher institutes on constitutional history and contemporary issues. Leeson’s Ph.D. (Government) is from the Claremont Graduate School and her J.D. is from Willamette College of Law.
Timothy Longo is the Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore where he served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Chief Longo is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, and holds a Juris Doctorate from that institution. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. Chief Longo lectures across America in the field of Ethics, Professional Standards and Internal Affairs.
David E. Marion, Ph.D., is the Elliott Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at Hampden-Sydney College, where he specializes in Constitutional Law, American Public Administration, Public Policy, Jurisprudence, American National Government, and Constitutional and Historical Dimensions of Public Service in America. Dr. Marion is also the Director for the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. Dr. Marion served as a scholar during the 2010 NEH Summer Workshop on "James Madison and Constitutional Citizenship" at the Center for the Constitution. Dr. Marion received his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.
Michael Meyerson is a Professor of Law and Piper & Marbury Faculty Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law, specializing in constitutional law and American legal history.
John J. Patrick