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Stephen M. Griffin

W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law
BGS, 1979, JD, 1983, University of Kansas; LLM, 1986, New York University

E-mail:  sgriffin@tulane.edu
Telephone:  504.865.5910
Office:  Weinmann Hall, Suite 230 F


Stephen Griffin specializes in constitutional theory and history. His work emphasizes understanding American constitutional law from an interdisciplinary, historical point of view that is theoretically informed, and he tries to build bridges between scholars in law and political science.

Griffin, who joined the Tulane Law faculty in 1989, is the author of American Constitutionalism: From Theory to Politics (Princeton University Press 1996), Long Wars and the Constitution (Harvard University Press 2013) and Broken Trust: Dysfunctional Government and Constitutional Reform (University Press of Kansas 2015). He also co-edited a reader now in its fourth edition, "Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives" (Lexis 2014). His writing, which includes more than 40 articles, book chapters and reviews on constitutional law and theory, has been cited in political science and history journals as well as law reviews.

He received the Sumter Marks Award for his scholarly publications in 2000 and the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, the Law School’s highest teaching award, from the Class of 2002. He was Tulane Law School’s Vice Dean of Academic Affairs in 2001-04 and 2006-09 and Interim Dean in 2009-10.

He is a member of the American Political Science Association and has chaired the Association of American Law Schools section on Constitutional Law. He helped organize a joint AALS/APSA Conference on Constitutional Law held in 2002. Before being hired at Tulane, he was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago and research instructor in law at New York University.

Professor Griffin's CV   |   SSRN author page

Fall 2016 - Constitutional Law: 14th Amendment
Spring 2017 - Constitutional Theory Seminar

Constitution Day 2014: "What Do We Want from the War Powers Debate?"


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Articles Book Chapters Book Reviews Books Other Symposia

“Rebooting Originalism,”  U. Ill. L. Rev. 1185 (2008)
“Stop Federalism Before It Kills Again: Reflections on Hurricane Katrina,” 21 St. John’s J. of Legal Commentary 527 (2007) (invited article)
Scholars and Public Debates: A Reply to Devins and Farnsworth, 82 B. U. L. REV. 227 (2002)
Judicial Supremacy and Equal Protection in a Democracy of Rights, 4 U. PA. J. CONST. L. 281 (2002)
Presidential Immunity from Criminal Process: Amateur Hour at the Department of Justice, 5 WIDENER L. SYMP. J. 49 (2000)
Constitutional Theory Transformed, 108 YALE L.J. 2115 (1999)
The Problem of Constitutional Change, 70 TUL. L. REV. 2121(1996)
Judicial Review and Democracy Revisited, 95 AM. PHIL. ASS'N NEWSL. ON PHIL. & L. 64 (Spring) (Special Editor for issue) (1996)
Constitutional Rights and Democracy in the U.S.A.: The Issue of Judicial Review (co-author), 8 RATIO JURIS 180 (1995)
The Nominee Is...Article V, 12 CONST. COMM. 171(1995)
Pluralism in Constitutional Interpretation, 72 TEX. L. REV. 1753 (1994)
Political Philosophy Versus Political Theory: The Case of Rawls, 69 CHI.-KENT L. REV. 691(1994)
Bringing the State into Constitutional Theory: Public Authority and the Constitution, 16 L. & SOC. INQUIRY 659 (1991)
How to Analyze the American State, 16 L. & SOC. INQUIRY 731 (1991)
Constitutionalism in the United States: From Theory to Politics, 10 OXFORD J. LEG. STUDIES 200 (1990)
Politics and the Supreme Court: The Case of the Bork Nomination, 5 J. L. & POL. 551 (1989)
What is Constitutional Theory? The Newer Theory and the Decline of the Learned Tradition, 62 S. CAL. L.REV. 493 (1989)
Reconstructing Rawls' Theory of Justice: Developing a Public Values Philosophy of the Constitution, 62 N.Y.U. L.REV. 715 (1987)
A Right of Press Access to United States Military Operations (co-author), 21 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 989 (1987)

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