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Gary L. McDowell

  • Profile

    Dr. Gary L. McDowell 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.

    He 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, published by Cambridge University Press, is The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism.

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

    McDowell frequently lectures and participates in public events, and serves as co-director of the John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the Jepson School

    • Awards

      University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award (2005)

  • Publications

    Executive Power in Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan) (Hugh Liebert et al., eds.) (2012).

    The Language of Law and the Foundations of American Constitutionalism (ed.) (Cambridge University Press) (2010).

    Lincoln's Legacy of Leadership (with George Goethals) (2009).

    America and Enlightenment Constitutionalism (Johnathan O'Neill) (2006).

    Juvenile Delinquency in the United States and the United Kingdom (Macmillan) (Jinney Smith) (1999).

    Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the "Other" Federalists, 1787-1788 1787 (Liberty Press) (Colleen Sheehan) (1998).

    Reason and Republicanism: Thomas Jefferson's Legacy of Liberty (Rowman & Littlefield) (with Sharon Noble) (1997).

    Justice vs. Law: Courts and Politics in American Society (The Free Press) (with Eugene Hickock) (1993).

    Our Peculiar Security: Essays on the Written Constitution (ed.) (Rowman & Littlefield) (1993).

    Curbing the Courts: The Constitution and the Limits of Judicial Power (ed.) (Louisiana State University Press) (1988).

    Equity and the Constitution: The Supreme Court, Equitable Relief and Public Policy (University of Chicago Press) (1982).

    Taking the Constitution Seriously: Essays on the Constitution and Constitutional Law (Kendall-Hunt Publishing) (1981).

    The American Founding: Politics, Statesmanship and the Constitution (Kennikat Press) (with Ralph Rossum) (1981).

    Journal Articles

    "High Crimes and Misdemeanors": Recovering the Intentions of the Founders, 67 The George Washington International Law Review (1999).

    Book Chapters

    Edwin Meese III, in The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger Newman, ed.) (2009).

    The Perverse Paradox of Privacy, in A Country I Do Not Recognize: The Legal Assault on American Values (Hoover Institution Press) (Robert Bork, ed.) (2005).

    Book Reviews

    Highly Original, The Times Literary Supplement (London) 7 (September 2006).

    Behind the Words, The Times Literary Supplement 23 (March 2005).

    Magazines/Trade Publications

    Judicious Modification, The Times Literary Supplement (London) (December 2010).

    Power Sources: General Electric and Other Generals at the White House, The Times Literary Supplement (London) (July 2007).

    Barriers in the Land of the Free, Times Higher Education (London) (February 2006).