Five Questions

June 23, 2008Duke Law News

1. What are you working on right now?
An economic analysis of the powers granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution;

A reconstruction and critique of James Madison's reasoning in Federalist 10 about the virtues of large, diverse republics; [and]

A critical reflection on Herbert Wechsler's Toward Neutral Principles of Constitutional Law, which turns 50 years old in 2009.

2. What are your interests or passions outside of your scholarly work and teaching?
Spending time with my family and close friends; politics/news; exercise; stupid, funny movies.

3. If you could sit in on one professor's class, which professor would you choose, which class, and why?
With so many wonderful options, who could choose just one?!

4. What are you reading right now?
Lots of law/political science articles and books relevant to my research; newspapers; The Jason Bourne novels.

5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise your colleagues and students.
When I was in college, I was a lifeguard at the Duke Faculty Club and watched over the children of some of my future colleagues. Go figure.

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