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Installation Lecture of Mark Graber as Regents Professor at the University System of Maryland

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

Please join I-CONnect in congratulating Professor Mark Graber on his installation as Regents Professor at the University System of Maryland (USM), one of only seven in the history of the USM.

Last week, Professor Graber delivered his installation lecture before an audience of family and friends, in addition to many professors and students of law and political science who had traveled to Baltimore for the occasion from Canada, England, Israel, Turkey and across the entire United States.

The induction ceremony is now online and available here. It features a tour-de-force lecture from Professor Graber, preceded by introductory remarks from Dean Donald Tobin.

Professor Mark Graber was formerly the Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism. A graduate of Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale, Professor Graber has published dozens of important works in constitutional history, law and politics. His official bio follows below:

Professor Graber held a faculty position in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1993-2007 and taught at the University of Maryland School of Law as an adjunct professor beginning in the fall of 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Government and Law at the School of Law, a title he held until May 1, 2015 at which time he received an appointment as the Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism. In 2016, he was named Regents Professor, one of only seven Regents Professors in the history of the University System of Maryland and the only Regents Professor on the UMB campus. He served as associate dean for research and faculty development from 2010 to 2013. He has also been one of the organizers of the annual Constitutional Law “Schmooze”, which attracts scholars from across the country to the law school.

Professor Graber is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. He is the author of A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism, forthcoming in 2013 from Oxford University Press, and co-editor (with Keith Whittington and Howard Gillman) of American Constitutionalism: Structures and Powers and American Constitutionalism: Rights and Powers, both also from Oxford University Press. He is presently working on Forged in Failure, a book that will examine how much constitutional change in the United States has been caused by the failure of constitutional practices to function as expected.

Professor Graber is also the author of scores of articles, including “The Non-Majoritarian Problem: Legislative Deference to the Judiciary” in Studies in American Political Development, “Naked Land Transfers and American Constitutional Development”, published in the Vanderbilt Law Review and “Resolving Political Questions into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville’s Aphorism Revisited”, published by Constitutional Commentary.

During fall 2013, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Professor Graber is a dear friend of I-CONnect and a regular participant at the annual ICON-S Conference. Friends of I-CONnect around the world will have the opportunity to congratulate Professor Graber in person at the ICON-S Conference in Copenhagen this coming July, if not sooner.

We are grateful to Professor Graber for all he has done for the community of public law scholars, and we congratulate him on this tremendous honor.


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