Jack Rakove

Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and professor of political science and law at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1980. His 1996 book, Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution, won the Pulitzer Prize in History. Dr. Rakove has written extensively on the origins of the Constitution and its historical interpretation. In 1998 he testified before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives on the impeachment of President Clinton, and he is also the principal author of amicus curiae briefs filed before the Supreme Court in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and Heller v. District of Columbia. He has published numerous op-eds in such newspapers as the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He is currently writing books on the free exercise of religion and the political thinking of James Madison.

Topics:
Adoption of the Constitution
Original Meaning of the Constitution
James Madison