Faculty Research & Public Works
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership’s faculty members are bringing classroom learning to life through research and authorship of independent work, contributions to academic journals, public speaking, and much more. Additionally, many of our faculty contribute to work through the school’s two affiliated research centers. Explore the depth and breadth of our faculty’s most recent publications and ongoing research below.
Indelible Legacy: The Indispensable, Uncancelable Statesmanship of George Washington
Authors: William Allen and Paul O. Carrese
Today, statues and monuments of George Washington are under siege, chiefly because of his ownership of slaves. Does he in fact still deserve the honor and veneration of his countrymen? What sort of man was Washington, and what qualities in him made his achievements possible? Can those achievements be separated from his record as a slaveholder and as an ambitious man of affairs? What can we say of George Washington entire?
Tocquevillean Poetics: Political Science, the Nation, and Humanity
I argue Tocqueville revived modern political reflection on poetry and the importance of poetry for politics.
Globalization and Liberalism: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Manent
As human beings, we can live free and fulfilling lives neither as isolated individuals nor simply as members of humanity. Rather, we require a properly constituted particular political community in which we can make manifest our universal humanity.
“Originalists Were Always for (Some) Judicial Engagement”
This is a short essay at Law and Liberty, one of the leading blogs for conservative or libertarian scholarship, arguing that originalists have always been committed to an aggressive enforcement of federalism, rather than a recent and bad-faith turn once they gained control of the Supreme Court
Arizona Constitution Project: Digital Constitutions
Assembled and edited various editions of the Arizona Constitution for public use, including the 1910/1912 Arizona Constitution; a scholarly edition with all amendments in the state’s history, and both abridged and unabridged versions.
Arizona Pocket Constitution
Edited the Arizona Constitution to create an approachable one-third length version and co-authored and introductory prefatory essay on federalism to help explain the basics of how the federal and state constitutions work together, for distribution to schools, civic groups, etc.
"Arizona: Born Angry"
This was a short essay on Arizona's Constitution, as part of a series on federalism and state/local governments, aimed at creating civics materials for a general audience (especially students.) Other contributors included not only prominent legal scholars but current and former state attorneys
"The ERA is a Zombie Amendment"
Quoted as the lede for my discussion of how the importance of fidelity to the Constitution and how politicians were once willing to give up careers out of fidelity to it, rather than simply ignoring politically inconvenient parts [though they often demanded amendments to fix its flaws.
“Prohibition and Federalism: Lessons for Today”
Argues that prohibition teaches us important lessons today, both in the context of marijuana and politics more broadly: that it's something progressives should care about, that the federal government cannot force the states to execute federal law but that states cannot proactively obstruct fed
Progressivism and States' Rights
Looks to 1920s history to show federalism is not a historically conservative doctrine but once progressives embraced and should consider again, especially in a polarized America.