Texas law student Barry Sharpe '02 was one of only 15 scholars chosen in a nationwide competition to participate in a summer seminar on "Creating the Federal Republic" sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC. The seminar will be led by Professors Jack Rakove of Stanford and Akhil Amar of Yale Law School. Professor Rakove won the Pulitzer Prize for his book Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution. Professor Amar is one of the nation's leading constitutional lawyers, author of many articles and books, as well as co-author with UT law professor Sanford Levinson of Processes of Constitutional Decision-Making (4th edition, 2000).
The seminar will focus on constitutional issues in the founding era, with seminar participants developing and presenting their own research. Dr. Sharpe's research proposal involves an examination of grand jury instructions from Supreme Court Justices during the 1790s with attention to how the explicitly political instructions served as a form of political education for a new republic.
Dr. Sharpe holds a B.A. and PhD in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, and taught political theory at Northwestern College before starting law school at UT this past fall. He has published several articles, as well as the book Modesty and Arrogance in Judgment: Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem (Praeger, 1999).