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Tulis Speaks on "Structure and Power in The Federalist"

Tulis and NicholsJeffrey K. Tulis, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke to students and faculty on October 26, 2009 on "Structure and Power in The Federalist." Professor Tulis visited campus as part of our Visiting Scholars Program. In addition to his seminar on The Federalist, he met with PhD candidate Joseph Wysocki, who is writing a dissertation titled "Congressional Rhetoric: Going Public and Its Effects on the Institution," and with other graduate students in the program.

Professor Tulis's interests include American political development, the presidency, and constitutional theory. His publications include The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (LSU, 1981), and The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 1987), and journal articles and chapters on topics that recently include constitutional interpretation, the logic of political change, and the meaning of political success. Several collections of essays on The Rhetorical Presidency with responses by Tulis have been published, most recently a special double issue of Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, 2007. His current research spans topics in political theory and American politics, including problems of constitutional design, Tocqueville, and the effects of major political loss on American political development. He is completing a book on the problem of institutional deference, and is working on the Legacies of Loss in American Politics.

Professor Tulis has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association, and has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School, and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton University, where he taught before moving to Texas. He has held visiting positions at Notre Dame and Harvard. He is co-editor of the Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought.