Robert P. George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Director, James Madison Program

Affiliated Faculty

 244 Corwin Hall




Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is a member of the President's Council on Bioethics. He previously served as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, Professor George earned a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Swarthmore, and received a Knox Fellowship from Harvard for graduate study in law and philosophy at Oxford.


He is author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1993) and In Defense of Natural Law (1999), and editor of Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays (1992), The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism (1996), and Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality (1996), all published by Oxford University Press. He is also editor of Great Cases in Constitutional Law (2000) and co-editor of Constitutional Politics: Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change (2001), from Princeton University Press. His most recent books are The Meaning of Marriage, edited with Jean Bethke Elshtain and published by Spence Publishing Co. and The Clash of Orthodoxies, published by ISI Books.

Professor Robert George's articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, and the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, First Things, the Boston Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Professor George was one of four winners of the 2005 Bradley Prizes for Intellectual and Civic Achievement. His other awards include the Philip Merrill Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Liberal Arts, the Richard M. Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters, the Paul Bator Award of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, and a Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association. He holds honorary doctorates of law, letters, ethics, humane letters, and science.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of directors of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Institute for American Values, the Family Research Council, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the Center for Individual Rights, and the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Marriage Savers. He has also served on the boards of the National Association of Scholars and the Philosophy Education Society, publisher of the Review of Metaphysics. He is a member of editorial boards of First Things, Academic Questions, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the International Journal of Biotechnology Law, and is general editor of New Forum Books, an imprint of Princeton University Press.

In addition to his academic and civic work, Professor George is Of Counsel to the law firm of Robinson & McElwee.