Center for the Constitution



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 Connelly

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

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

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

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

Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University. 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

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 Marion

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

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.

Meyerson received his B.A. from Hampshire College in 1976 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1979.  He is the author of three books, Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America (Yale University  Press 2012), Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote The Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World (Basic Books 2008) ,and Political Numeracy: Mathematical Perspectives on Our Chaotic Constitution (W.W.Norton 2002). He is also co-author, with Dan Brenner and Monroe Price, of a treatise on cable television law, Cable Television and Other Nonbroadcast Media (Thomson West 1990 plus annual updates).
Meyerson has also written many scholarly law review articles and book chapters, including "The Irrational Supreme Court," in the Nebraska Law Review, "Virtual Constitutions: The Creation of Rules for Governing Private Networks," in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and "The Pre-history of the Prior Restraint Doctrine:  Rediscovering the Link between the First Amendment and the Separation of Powers," in the Indiana Law Review.


John J. Patrick

John J. Patrick is a retired Professor of Education in the School of Education at Indiana University. He was also Director of the Social Studies Development Center and Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education at Indiana University. Professor Patrick is the author or co-author of many publications on civic education, history education, and political ideas. Among his recent publications are The Oxford Guide to the U.S. Government (Oxford, 2001) and The Supreme Court of the United States: A Student Companion (Oxford, 2001).


Lynn Uzzell

Dr. Lynn Uzzell received her B.A. in speech communications at Black Hills State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in politics at the University of Dallas.  She has taught extensively on political philosophy, rhetoric, the United States Constitution, and American political thought at Baylor University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond.  She specializes in the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  She is currently the Scholar in Residence at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution and is acting as Project Coordinator for “James Madison: Lessons in Leadership and Life,” a 3-year collaborative project partnering the Center for the Constitution, the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  She is also currently adjunct faculty at James Madison University and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Fox Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Peter Wallenstein

Peter Wallenstein, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Virginia Tech, where he has received numerous awards for his teaching and his research.  Dr. Wallenstein previously taught in New York, Canada, Korea, and Japan.
Dr. Wallenstein has also published nine books, mostly on the history of the South, from Civil War to civil rights, including Cradle of America:  Four Centuries of Virginia History.



Byron Warnken

Byron L. Warnken is a graduate of McDonogh School (1964), Johns Hopkins University (1968), and the University of Baltimore School of Law (1977). Prior to becoming a law professor, he served in the United States Army, clerked for the Honorable Basil A. Thomas on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and was an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service.

As an academic, Professor Warnken has been a member of UofB's full-time law faculty for 32 years and currently teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I & II, and Judicial Process. He is (1) Director of the Judicial Internship Program, having placed 3,000 law students with judges; (2) Director of Region 3 of the National Moot Court Competition (16 law schools in a four-state region); and (3) Director of the Judicial EXPLOR Program, which, for 15 years, has guaranteed every first-year UofB law student experience with a federal or state trial or appellate judge. Professor Warnken serves as faculty adviser to the Moot Court Board. In 2008, UofB renamed its Annual Consolidated Moot Court Competition, which Professor Warnken established in 1991, as the "Byron L. Warnken Moot Court Competition."