FACULTY (To Date)
Jeremy D. Bailey, Ph.D., University of Houston
Jeremy Bailey holds the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair at the University of Houston, where he has a dual appointment in Political Science and the Honors College. His research interests include the political thought of the early republic and the development of the American presidency. His major publications include Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power (Cambridge University Press 2007), James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection (Cambridge University Press 2015), "The New Unitary Executive and Democratic Theory," (American Political Science Review 2008) and The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (University Press of Kansas 2013, coauthored with David Alvis and Flagg Taylor), which was named a 2014 “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice. His current book project is The Idea of Presidential Representation: An Intellectual and Political History.
Douglas Bradburn, Ph.D, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
Douglas Bradburn, Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, is a well-known scholar of early American history. He is the author of two books, and numerous articles and book chapters with a specialty in the history of the American founding and the early history of the Chesapeake. He is a current member of the board of directors for the UVA Press, a board member for the Washington Family Papers Project, and a member of the Alexandria Library Company. Before coming to Mount Vernon, Mr. Bradburn served as a professor of history and director of graduate studies at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching in 2010. A native of Virginia, Mr. Bradburn earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and his B.A. in history and economics from the University of Virginia.
Kate Brown, Ph.D., Huntington University
Kate Elizabeth Brown is an assistant professor of history and political science at Huntington University in Indiana. In 2015, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in American History, with a focus on legal history. Her research explores how Alexander Hamilton used English legal principles--including the Crown's prerogative power--to develop American jurisprudence during the early national period. She has published an article in the Law and History Review titled "Rethinking People v. Croswell: Alexander Hamilton and the Nature and Scope of Common Law in the Early Republic," and she is now working on her first book, tentatively titled Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law. Ms. Brown was a 2013-2014 Fellow at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, as well as a 2014-2015 Research Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, where she was also the recipient of James C. Rees Fellowship on the Leadership of George Washington.
Hon. Kenneth Thomas "Ken" Cuccinelli II, J.D., Former Attorney General of Virginia
The Honorable Kenneth Thomas "Ken" Cuccinelli II served as Virginia’s Attorney General from January 16, 2010 until January 12, 2014. Prior to assuming this role, he was a member of the Virginia Senate from 2002 until 2010. He was also small business owner and partner in the law firm of Cuccinelli & Day in Fairfax. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.
John W. Dean, J.D., Former Nixon White House Counsel
Before becoming Counsel to the President of the United States in July 1970 at age thirty-one, John Dean was Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, the Associate Director of a law reform commission, and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He served as Richard Nixon’s White House lawyer for a thousand days. Mr. Dean did his undergraduate studies at Colgate University and the College of Wooster, with majors in English Literature and Political Science. He received a graduate fellowship from American University to study government and the presidency, before entering Georgetown University Law Center, where he received his J.D. in 1965. Mr. Dean initially recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition (1976) and Lost Honor (1982). He recently published The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It (2014), his 12th book (10th since retiring), which returns to Watergate and is based on new material now available.
Michael S. Greve, Ph.D., George Mason University
Michael S. Greve became a Professor of Law at George Mason University after having served as John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specialized in constitutional law, courts, and business regulation. Prior to joining AEI, he was founder and co-director of the Center for Individual Rights. Professor Greve is the author of nine books and a multitude of articles appearing in scholarly publications, as well as numerous editorials, short articles, and book reviews. He is a frequent speaker for professional and scholarly organizations and has made many appearances on radio and television. He was awarded a Ph.D. and an M.A. in government by Cornell University. He also earned a Diploma from the University of Hamburg in Germany.
Edward J. Larson, Ph.D., J.D., Pepperdine University
Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History and numerous other awards for writing and teaching, Ed Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University. Originally from Ohio with a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from Harvard, Mr. Larson has lectured on all seven continents and taught at Stanford Law School, University of Melbourne, Leiden University, and the University of Georgia, where he chaired the History Department. Prior to becoming a professor, he practiced law in Seattle and served as counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Mr. Larson is the author of nine books and over one hundred published articles. His books, which have been translated into over twenty languages, include An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science; A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign; Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands; and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. Larson recently published the first book-length study of George Washington’s role in creating the American Constitution, The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789, which became a New York Times Bestseller.
Ilya Somin, J.D., George Mason University
Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (2016), and The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain (2015), coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (2013), and co-editor of Eminent Domain in Comparative Perspective (forthcoming). Professor Somin’s work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Al Jazeera and the Voice of America, among other media. He earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.