Constructing Constitutional Politics: The Reconstruction Strategy for Protecting Rights

Mark Graber, University of Maryland School of Law

Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2013
Location: 
Noon, 300 Wallace Hall

Please join us for a lecture with Mark Graber, Professor of Law and Government at the University of Maryland School of Law, to discuss "Constructing Constitutional Politics:  The Reconstruction Strategy for Protecting Rights." His commentator is Kenneth Kersch, Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College. 

Mark Graber is a professor of law and government and the former associate dean for research and faculty development at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Graber is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. His latest book is A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism (Oxford 2013), which comes out in September. Graber is also one of three editors (with Keith Whittington and Howard Gillman) of American Constitutionalism: Structures and Powers and American Constitutionalism: Rights and Powers. Graber is the author of scores of articles. His best known is "The Non-Majoritarian Problem: Legislative Deference to the Judiciary" in Studies in American Political Development. He is presently working on a book, Forged in Failure, examining how much constitutional change in the United States has been caused by the failure of constitutional practices to function as expected. 

Kenneth Kersch is associate professor of political science at Boston College, with additional appointments in the university‚Äôs history department and law school. His primary interests are American political and constitutional development, American political thought, and the politics of courts. Kersch is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Edward S. Corwin Award (2000), the J. David Greenstone Prize (2006) from APSA's politics and history section, and the Hughes-Gossett Award from the Supreme Court Historical Society (2006).  Professor Kersch has published many articles in academic, intellectual, and popular journals. He is the author of The Supreme Court and American Political Development (Kansas, 2006) (with Ronald Kahn), Constructing Civil Liberties: Discontinuities in the Development of American Constitutional Law (Cambridge, 2004), and Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties Under the Law (ABC-Clio, 2003). He is currently completing a book entitled Conservatives and the Constitution: From Brown to Reagan (Cambridge University Press).  Professor Kersch is member of the bar of New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Williams College, his J.D. (cum laude and Order of the Coif) from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.