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About Gary L. McDowell

Dr. Gary L. McDowell, professor of leadership studies emeritus, is a leading constitutional scholar who joined the Jepson faculty in 2003 after a distinguished career in public life and the academy.

Prior to coming to the Jepson School, McDowell directed the Institute of United States Studies and taught American studies at the University of London. He also served as a member of the United States-United Kingdom Educational Commission (The Fulbright Commission). Prior to his work in London, he directed the Office of the Bicentennial of the Constitution at the National Endowment for the Humanities, served as chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese, and held various positions at Tulane, Harvard, Harvard Law School, and Dickinson.

McDowell was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution and Bradley Resident Scholar at the Center for Judicial Studies in Washington, D.C. He is the author or editor of 11 books on subjects ranging from privacy to juvenile delinquency, politics, judicial power, and the Constitution. His most recent book is "The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism," published by Cambridge University Press.

McDowell appeared as a commentator on the PBS special reports "The Kennedy Confirmation Hearings" and "The Bork Confirmation Hearings" with Roger Mudd.

The Institute honors McDowell’s record as a scholar and tireless program leader. With the support of the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, McDowell built a highly successful speaker series, designed vibrant faculty seminars, and hosted numerous outstanding postdoctoral fellows.