Keith E. Whittington

Keith E. Whittington

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics | Princeton University

Keith E. Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He has published widely on American constitutional theory, American political and constitutional history, the law and politics of impeachment, judicial politics, the presidency and free speech. His award-winning books include “Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present,” which won the Thomas M. Cooley Book Prize and “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech,” which won the PROSE Award for best book in education and the Heterodox Academy Award for Exceptional Scholarship, and numerous others.

He is currently the chair of the Academic Committee of the Academic Freedom Alliance. He has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies Junior Faculty Fellow, National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement Fellow, a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences and served on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. He is the editor (with Gerald Leonard) of the “New Essays on American Constitutional History” and editor (with Maeva Marcus, Melvin Urofsky and Mark Tushnet) of the “Cambridge Studies on the American Constitution.” He is currently completing “Constitutional Crises, Real and Imagined and The Idea of Democracy in America, from the American Revolution to the Gilded Age.”

His work for a general audience has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, Reason, and Lawfare. He blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and can be found on Twitter at @kewhittington.

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