The mission of the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy is to promote scholarship and undergraduate teaching that are informed by political theory and by the political science of the American Founding.
In its undergraduate program, the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy has sought to revive the spirit and intent of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s “Rockfish Gap Report” (1818), which recommends a curriculum of political studies for higher education that is designed to foster an enlightened body of citizens for a liberal democracy. Since the Program’s inception in 2006, PCD fellows have regularly taught a course on the American Political Tradition, and an offering in American Political Economy was added in the spring of 2014. Through an informal consortium of programs at other colleges and universities, the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy encourages the development of similar courses across the nation.
For more information, visit the the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy's website .
2018 Special Event
Resistance from the Inside: Institutional and Constitutional Dissent
An inter-disciplinary conference sponsored by the Page-Barbour Fund
March 23, 2018
2017–18 Speakers Series
Please see this year's speakers below. Events are for students enrolled in American Political Tradition, American Political Economy or by invitation.
Daniel Cullen, Rhode College 9/8
Reconciling Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations
Keith Whittington, Princeton University 9/18
Judicial Review and Constitutional Interpretation
Jeremy Bailey, University of Houston 10/8
The Power and Limits of the Executive
Thomas Leonard, Princeton University 11/1
Benjamin Storey, Furman University 11/8
Tocqueville and the Democratic Mind
Michelle Schwarze, University of Wisconsin
Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations
John Dinan, Wake Forest University
State vs. federal constitution-writing
Robert Bruner, Darden School
History of Banking in the U.S.
Lucas Morel, Washington and Lee University
Frederick Douglass on the Constitution and slavery
Yuval Levin, National Affairs
Conservatism past, present, and future