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     Howard Schweber

Title: Professor, Political Science
Affiliated With: Law School, Integrated Liberal Studies, Legal Studies, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Office: 322B North Hall
Office Hours: Wednesday 2pm-5pm and by appointment.
Phone: 608.263.2293
Has Voicemail: Yes
E-Mail: schweber@polisci.wisc.edu
Keywords: Constitution, Democratic Theory, Law
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Howard Schweber joined the department in Fall 1999. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University and an MA in History from the University of Chicago after spending five years practicing law in Seattle and San Francisco. Schweber teaches courses focusing on constitutional law and legal and political theory. He is the author of "Democracy and Authenticity" (Cambridge, 2012), "The Language of Liberal Constitutionalism" (Cambridge, 2007), "The Creation of American Common Law"(Cambridge, 2004), and "Speech, Conduct, and the First Amendment" (Peter Lang, 2003) as well as articles, essays and book chapters on a variety of related topics. His current areas of research include comparative constitutional law and democratic theories of representation. In addition to his position in the Political Science Department Schweber is a core faculty member of the Legal Studies program. From 2011 to 2013 he was Visiting Professor and the first Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and in 2012 he was the Australian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics. Schweber is a regular guest on Wisconsin radio and gives frequent newspaper, radio, and television interviews in the local, national, and international press. He is also a contributing blogger at Huffingtonpost.com and an occasional guest blogger on other sites, and a frequent public speaker both on and off campus. Schweber was previously the faculty advisor and coach for the UW College Mock Trial Team and is currently the advisor for "Sifting and Winnowing," Wisconsin's undergraduate politics and law journal. In 2004 he was the recipient of the William H. Kiekhoffer Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also twice been selected as the Pi Sigma Alpha Professor of the year, and has received numerous other teaching awards while at Wisconsin. Earlier, while a graduate student at Cornell University, Schweber received the Stephen and Marjorie Russell Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest award for teaching at any level awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.


Recent Publications

Howard Schweber "Legal Epistemologies," University of Maryland Law Review 75 (2015): 210-232.
Howard Schweber , "The Limits of Representation," American Political Science Review 110:1 (January, 2016).   
Howard Schweber. “Lochner v. New York and the Challenge of Legal Historiography.” Law & Social Inquiry 39, 1 (2014): 242–74.   
Howard Schweber. Book Review of David M. Rabban, Law's History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History. The American Historical Review 2013 118: 1537-1538   
Howard Schweber. "Lochner v. New York and the Problem of Law Office Historiography," Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming Fall-Winter 2013)   
Howard Schweber. "Constitutional Law in Action and the Capabilities Approach to Development: Lessons From Peru, Israel, and Australia" Law and State 1 (Winter 2013)   
Howard Schweber, Democracy and Authenticity: Toward a Theory of Public Justification (Cambridge University Press, 2011)   
Howard Schweber, "The Constitutional Necessity of a Theory of Public Reason" ("La necesidad constitucional de una teoría de la razón pública"), Foro Academico 12 (2011): 180-92   
Kenneth Mayer, Howard Schweber “Does Australia Have a Constitution? Part II: The Rights Constitution," 25 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (Spring 2008).   
Kenneth Mayer, Howard Schweber "Does Australia Have a Constitution? Part I: The Powers Constitution," 25 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (Spring 2008).   

Current Courses taught for Spring 2016-2017

209 - Introduction to Political Theory

Instructors: Howard Schweber      Field: Political Theory

411 - The American Constitution I

Instructors: Howard Schweber      Field: American Politics