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Jeffrey Tulis

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Chicago

Jeffrey Tulis

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Biography

Professor Tulis's interests bridge the fields of political theory and American politics, including more specifically, American political development, constitutional theory, political philosophy and the American presidency.  His publications include The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (LSU, 1981; Transaction, 2010), The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 1987), The Constitutional Presidency (Johns Hopkins 2009), The Limits of Constitutional Democracy (Princeton, 2010) and recent journal articles and chapters on constitutional interpretation, the logic of political change, and the meaning of political success. Four collections of essays on The Rhetorical Presidency with responses by Tulis have been published, most recently a special double issue of Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, (2007), where his book is described as "one of the two or three most important and perceptive works written by a political scientist in the twentieth century."

He has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. He received the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. He has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School, and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton University, where he taught before moving to Texas. He has held visiting positions at Notre Dame and Harvard. He has served as associate chair of the Department of Government from 1989-2001 and was acting chair during 1992-93. and for part of each year between 1989 and 2001. During the academic year 2008-09, he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.

Recent publications include "Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure" (with Nicole Mellow), in Stephen Skowronek and Matthew Glassman, eds.Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. His forthcoming books include:Democratic Decay and the Politics of Deference (Princeton, 2012), Legacies of Loss in American Politics , with Nicole Mellow (Princeton, 2013), and anexpanded edition of The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 2013). For two decades he served as co-editor of the Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought, and he currently co-edits (with Sanford Levinson) a new series titled Constitutional Thinking, at the University Press of Kansas.

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Political Theory and American Politics

T C 357 • Amer Founding/Probs Const Des

43095 • Spring 2013
Meets M 330pm-630pm CRD 007B
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The American Founding and Problems of Constitutional Design

Instructors:

Jeffrey Tulis, Associate Professor, Department of Government

Sanford Levinson, Professor, School of Law

Description:

This Plan II seminar will be built around a close reading of the debates that informed the drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution.  We aim to recover the perspective of these founding thinkers -- their way of thinking -- as much as their concrete ideas, in order to raise fundamental questions about the American political order today.  Are some of the most important pathologies of American politics today rooted in design features of our original political architecture?  Are the original answers to basic founding questions (such as "how democratic is our Constitution?) still adequate for contemporary circumstances?  What features of the Constitution should we preserve and what features should we amend, if possible?  Would it be good for the polity as a whole to reconsider these questions in a new constitutional convention today, or would such an event be a political nightmare?  Our reading will include notes from the founding conventions, writings by Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and present-day critiques of the American political order.  Our aim will be to generate a dialogue between the thought of the founders and some of the best present day critics and supporters of the Constitution.

Texts/Readings:

James Madison, Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention

The Federalist, ed. Clinton Rossiter

The Anti-Federalist, ed. Herbert Storing

Pauline Maier,  Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

Sanford Levinson, Framed:  America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance

Bruce Ackerman, The Decline and Fall of the American Republic

Robert Goldwin, ed. How Democratic is the Constitution?

a course packet of selected articles, essays, and additional primary materials.

Requirements:

Class participation, including at least one presentation of a short discussion paper  25%

One take-home analytic essay  25%

One term paper  50%

About the Professors:

Professor Tulis's interests bridge the fields of political theory and American politics, including more specifically, American political development, constitutional theory, political philosophy and the American presidency.  He received the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas.  He has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School, and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton University, where he taught before moving to Texas. He has held visiting positions at Notre Dame and Harvard. During the academic year 2008-09, he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.

Proefessor Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, he joined the University of Texas Law School in 1980. Previously a member of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, he is also a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. The author of over 350 articles and book reviews in professional and popular journals--and a regular contributor to the popular blog Balkinization. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2010. He has been a visiting faculty member of the Boston University, Georgetown, Harvard, New York University, and Yale law schools in the United States and has taught abroad in programs of law in London; Paris; Jerusalem; Auckland, New Zealand; and Melbourne, Australia.

 

Publications

Tulis, JK (2011), "Plausible Futures," in Dunn, Charles W. (ed.) The Presidency in the Twenty-First Century, University Press of Kentucky.

Tulis, J.K. and Macedo, S. (2010) The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, Princeton University Press.

Tulis, J.K. and Macedo, S. (2010) "Constitutional Boundaries," in The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, Princeton University Press.

Tulis, JK (2010), "The Possibility of Constitutional Statesmanship," in Tulis, JK and Macedo, S (eds.) The Limits of Constitutional Democracy, Princeton University Press.

Tulis, J. (2009) The Constitutional Presidency. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tulis, J. (2009) Impeachment in the Constitutional Order. In J. Tulis & J.M. Bessette (Eds.), The Constitutional Presidency. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tulis, J. & Bessette, J.M. (2009) On the Constitution, Politics, and the Presidency. In J. Tulis & J.M. Bessette (Eds.), The Constitutional Presidency. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Tulis, J (and Bessette, J.M) (2010) The Presidency in the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives,  Reissued Classics Series, Transaction Publishers,

Tulis, J and Bessette, J.M. (2010, "Introduction to the Transaction Edition," The Presidency in the Constitutional Order: Historical Perspectives, Transaction Publishers.

 

 

Tulis, JK, (2009) "The Two Constitutional Presidencies," in Nelson, Michael (ed.) The Presidency in the Political System, Congressional Quarterly Press.

Tulis, J. & Mellow, N. (2007) Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure. In S. Skowronek & M. Glassman (Eds.), Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Tulis, J. (2007, September) The Rhetorical Presidency in Retrospect. Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, 19(2&3).

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