H. Jefferson Powell


  • The Law in Chains: the American Attorneys General and Slavery, 1789-1871 (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming)


  • Targeting Americans: The Constitutionality of the U.S. Drone War (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • The President as Commander in Chief: An Essay in Constitutional Vision (Carolina Academic Press, 2014)
  • Legal Affinities: Explorations in the Legal Form of Thought (Carolina Academic Press, 2013) (editor with others)
  • Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force (University of Michigan Press, 2009) (editor with James B. White)
  • No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment (Stanford University Press, 2009) (with David L. Lange)
  • William Rawle, A View of the Constitution of the United States of America (original ed. 1825, 2d ed. 1829) (H. Jefferson Powell ed., Carolina Academic Press 2009)
  • Constitutional Conscience: The Moral Dimension of Judicial Decision (University of Chicago Press, 2008)
  • A Community Built on Words: The Constitution in History and Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2002, rev. ed. 2005)
  • The President's Authority Over Foreign Affairs: An Essay in Constitutional Interpretation (Carolina Academic Press, 2002)
  • William Howard Taft, Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers (original ed. 1916) (H. Jefferson Powell ed., Carolina Academic Press 2002)
  • The Constitution and the Attorneys General (Carolina Academic Press, 1999)
  • The Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism: A Theological Interpretation (Duke University Press, 1993)
  • Languages of Power: A Source Book of Early American Constitutional History (Carolina Academic Press, 1991)

Articles and Essays

Newspaper Articles and Commentary

  • In Praise of Eternal Youth, Duke Law Magazine (October 01, 2015 21-22)
  • EPA Plan Needs a Debate Based on Reason, Boston Globe (April 11, 2015) (with others)


  • The Contracts Experience(DVD course materials) (2002) (with others)