University of Richmond

Constitutional Scholar Named to Professorship at University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies

June 5, 2003

Gary L. McDowell, a leading constitutional scholar, has been appointed to the Tyler Haynes Interdisciplinary Professorship in Leadership Studies and Political Science at the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

McDowell is director of the Institute of United States Studies and professor of American studies at the University of London. He also serves as a member of the United States-United Kingdom Educational Commission (The Fulbright Commission). He previously served as director of the Office of the Bicentennial of the Constitution at the National Endowment for the Humanities, chief speechwriter for Attorney General Edwin Meese and in various academic 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.

"One of the main objectives of the chair is to promote interdisciplinary work at the university. McDowell's scholarship will link leadership studies, political science and law in exciting ways here at the university," said Kenneth P. Ruscio, dean of the Jepson School.

McDowell's appointment "brings a deep commitment to the values which inform American constitutionalism and democracy," said A.E. Dick Howard, a legal scholar at the University of Virginia and member of the Jepson School Advisory Council.

McDowell holds a B.A. from the University of South Florida, an M.A. from Memphis State University, an A.M. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in government and public affairs from the University of Virginia.

He is the author or editor of 10 books on subjects ranging from privacy to juvenile delinquency, politics, judicial power and the Constitution. He has appeared on NBC's "Today Show," CBS's "Nightwatch," ABC's "Nightline," BBC and C-SPAN and was a commentator on the PBS special reports "The Kennedy Confirmation Hearings" and "The Bork Confirmation Hearings."