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Past Miller Lecturers


Iain McLean

"Religous Freedom with no First Amendment: The Case of UK Marriage Law"

Monday, October 7, 2013


Recent Miller Lecturers_McLean Iain McLean is Professor of Politics, Oxford University and a fellow of Nuffield College. He is currently Vice-President for Public Policy, British Academy. Born and brought up in Scotland, he has taught at Oxford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Warwick, with sabbaticals at Washington & Lee, Stanford, and Yale among others. Recently, he was a Fellow at the Robert H. Smith Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, VA. He is Treasurer, Oxford Local Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and Vice-Chairman, Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway Preservation Co.

Current publications on church and state include What’s Wrong with The British Constitution? (2nd edn. Oxford University Press 2012) and, with S.M. Peterson, Legally Married (Edinburgh University Press 2013).



Ran Hirschl

"The Religious Exemptions Debate"

Monday, November 5, 2012


Recent Miller Lecturers_HirschlRan Hirschl (PhD, Yale 1999) is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Toronto, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism and Democracy. In 2012, he received a Killam Research Fellowship—one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards, granted by the Canada Council for the Arts. His research interests focus on comparative public law and legal institutions. He is the author of three books: Towards Juristocracy: The Origins and Consequences of the New Constitutionalism (Harvard University Press, 2004 & 2007), Constitutional Theocracy (Harvard University Press, 2010)—winner of the 2011 Mahoney Prize in Legal Theory, and Comparative Matters (Harvard University Press, 2013), as well as over 70 articles and book chapters on comparative constitutional law and politics. Hirschl has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), a Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs. He served as the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and as Global Visiting Professor of Law at NYU, received a University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award, and delivered the 2010 Annual Lecture in Law and Society at Oxford University, and the 2012 Julius Stone Address at the University of Sydney. He co-edits a book series on comparative constitutional law and policy for Cambridge University Press, and is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Law & Courts, and I*CON The International Journal of Constitutional Law.




Mark Graber

"Constitutional Liberalism as Conservatism: Constitutional Conservatism as Liberalism"

Monday, October 3, 2011


Recent Miller Lecturers_GraberProfessor Graber holds a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Law at the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he was on the government faculty of the University of Texas. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia University law school, and then earned his Ph.D. at Yale. He is the author most recently of Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil (Cambridge University Press). His other books include Rethinking Abortion (Princeton University Press) and Transforming Free Speech (University of California Press). In addition, he has published numerous articles in academic journals.




Keith Whittington

"Repugnant Acts? Judicial Review and the Laws of Congress"

  Monday, October 4, 2010


Miller Lecture Homepage_Whittington2Keith E. Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University and currently director of graduate studies in the Department of Politics. He is the author of Constitutional Construction: Divided Powers and Constitutional Meaning, and Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review, and Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History (which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in law and courts and the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history). He is also the editor (with Neal Devins) of Congress and the Constitution and the editor (with R. Daniel Kelemen and Gregory A Caldeira) of The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics. He has published on American constitutional theory and development, federalism, judicial politics, and the presidency. He is currently working on political history of the judicial review of federal statutes and a volume of cases and materials on American constitutionalism.



Douglas Laycock

"The Religious Exemptions Debate"

Monday, October 19, 2009


Miller Lecture_Douglas LaycockDouglas Laycock is the Yale Kamisar Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. He is also the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served for twenty-five years. He has published many articles on religious liberty and other issues of constitutional law, and is the co-editor of Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty (2008). He has been actively involved in religious liberty issues in the courts and legislatures and has argued several major cases before the Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and of the University of Chicago Law School, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute.






Matthew Wilson

"Blessed Are the Poor? American Christianity
and Attitudes Toward the Welfare State"

Monday, October 13, 2008


Recent Miller Lectures_WilsonJ. Matthew Wilson is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. His works include "Political Sophistication and Attributions of Blame in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina" (Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2008); "Cognitive Heterogeneity and Economic Voting: A Comparative Analysis of Four Democratic Electorates" (American Journal of Political Science, 2006); "A New Right?: Moral Issues and Partisan Change in Canada (Social Science Quarterly, 2005); and "Follow the Leader?: Presidential Approval, Presidential Support, and Representatives' Electoral Fortunes" (The Journal of Politics, 2003). He has taught on a range of areas, including public opinion, elections, religion and politics, and political psychology.







Gary Jacobsohn

"The Disharmonic Constitution"

Monday, November 5, 2007


Recent Miller Lecturers_JacobsohnGary Jacobsohn is the Patterson-Banister Professor of Government and the H. Malcolm MacDonald Professor in Constitutional and Comparative Law at the University of Texas at Austin. His publications are The Wheel of Law: India's Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context (Princeton University Press, 2003); Apple of Gold: Constitutionalism in Israel and the United States (Princeton University Press, 1993); The Supreme Court and the Decline of Constitutional Aspiration (Rowman and Littlefield, 1986); and, Pragmatism, Statesmanship and the Supreme Court (Cornell University Press, 1977). His interests and research include the intersection of constitutional theory and comparative constitutionalism.




Michael Hayes

"Isolationism, Internationalism, and the Rule of
Law: The Foreign Policy Vision of Senator Robert Taft"

Monday, October 9, 2006


Recent Miller Lecturers_HayesMichael Hayes is a Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. His works include Incrementalism and Public Policy (Longman, 1992) as well as a variety of articles and book chapters in the Journal of Politics and Polity. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and he has received the E.E. Schattschneider Award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in American politics. He has also received the Jack Walker Award from the APSA's section on Political Organizations and Parties for the contribution of his article on the study of interest groups in the Journal of Politics. He teaches on a range of topics, including American politics, Congress, public policy, interest group theory, incrementalism and policy making, and the effects of public opinion on the legislative process.





Michael Zuckert

"The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men, or
How the Supreme Court Got such Big Britches"

Fall 2005

Recent Miller Lecturers_M. ZuckertMichael P. Zuckert is the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His works include Natural Rights and the New Republicanism (Princeton 1994); The Natural Rights Republic (Notre Dame 1996); and Launching Liberalism: On Lockean Political Philosophy (Kansas 2002). He has written on a range of topics, including George Orwell, Plato's Apology, and Shakespeare, contemporary liberal theory, and Leo Strauss. He co-authored and co-produced the public radio series Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson: A Nine Part Drama for the Radio and was senior scholar for Liberty, a six hour public television series on the American Revolution.





John Yoo

"Fighting the New Terrorism"

Fall 2004


Recent Miller Lecturers_YooJohn Yoo is a Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He has received research fellowships from the University of California, Berkeley, the Olin Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has also received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He has clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court, and he served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 1996. He has also served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security, and the separation of powers.



James R. Stoner

"Natural Law, the Right to Resist and the Constitution"

Fall 2003


Recent Miller Lectures_StonerJames R. Stoner is Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University. His publications include "The New Constitutionalism of Publius" (History of American Political Thought, 2003); Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (University Press of Kansas, 2003); "The Electoral College and Democracy" (Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College, 2001); and, Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and the Origins of American Constitutionalism (University Press of Kansas, 1992). He was the Visiting Fellow from 2002 to 2003 at Princeton University. He also received the Summer Research Fellowship from The Earhart Foundation both in 2000 and 2002. He teaches in and researches a variety of topics, including political theory, English common law, and American Constitutionalism.