Friday, March 21, 2014

Tushnet to Lead ICH Seminar on History of Administrative Law

Another Jordan Saunders Seminar in Constitutional History for advanced graduate students and junior faculty has been announced for the fall.  It's "The History of US Administrative Law," and it will be taught by Mark Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the author of, among many other books, Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991.  According to the announcement:
This Reading Group will examine the development of the administrative state from the Progressive Era through the Great Society. We will examine the interaction between academic theorizing about the administrative state as a Fourth Branch of government, and Supreme Court doctrine, and political controversies over the expansion of the administrative state and their resolution in theory and practice.
The seminar will meet Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m., September 11, 18, October 2, 30, November 13, and 20, 2014, at The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.

The seminar is designed for graduate students and junior faculty in history, political science, law, and related disciplines.  All participants will be expected to complete the assigned readings and participate in seminar discussions.  Although the Institute cannot offer academic credit directly for the seminar, students may be able to earn graduate credit through their home departments by completing an independent research project in conjunction with the seminar.  Please consult with your adviser and/or director of graduate studies about these possibilities.  Space is limited, so applicants should send a copy of their c.v. and a short statement on how this seminar will be useful to them in their research, teaching, or professional development.  Materials will be accepted only by email at until May 15, 2014.  Successful applicants will be notified soon thereafter.  For further information, please contact Maeva Marcus at (202) 994-6562 or send an email to

There is no tuition or other charge for this seminar, though participants will be expected to acquire the assigned books on their own.

The Institute for Constitutional History (ICH) is the nation's premier institute dedicated to ensuring that future generations of Americans understand the substance and historical development of the U.S. Constitution. Located at the New York Historical Society and the George Washington University Law School, the Institute is co-sponsored by the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the American Political Science Association. The Association of American Law Schools is a cooperating entity. ICH prepares junior scholars and college instructors to convey to their readers and students the important role the Constitution has played in shaping American society. ICH also provides a national forum for the preparation and dissemination of humanistic, interdisciplinary scholarship on American constitutional history.