Constitutional Commentary was founded in 1984 and is one of the few faculty-edited law journals in the country. It enjoys a wide following among legal scholars, historians, political scientists and others interested in constitutional law and history. Part of its popularity is due to the editors’ preference for “shorter and less ponderous articles” as opposed to the more lengthy and heavily footnoted articles found in traditional law reviews.

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Submissions from 2017

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Family Reunification and the Security State, Kerry Abrams

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Do Judges Know Best?, James Allan

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Which Republican Constitution?, Jack M. Balkin

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In Defense of Constitutional Republicanism: A Reply to Criticisms of Our Republican Constitution, Randy E. Barnett

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Countering the Majoritarian Difficulty, Amy Coney Barrett

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Hate Speech, Public Assurance, and the Civic Standing of Speakers and Victims, Vincent Blasi

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Hate Speech Laws, Legitimacy, and Precaution: A Reply to James Weinstein, Alexander Brown

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Republicanism and Natural Rights at the Founding, Jud Campbell

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Objects of Interpretation, Richard Ekins

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Political Political Theory Theory, Jeremy D. Farris and William A. Edmundson

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Hate Speech--Definitions & Empirical Evidence, Katharine Gelber

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Redefining Parental Rights: The Case of Corporal Punishment, Cynthia Godsoe

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Constitutional Parentage, Joanna L. Grossman

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Taking Legitimacy Seriously: A Return to Deontology, Eric Heinze

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Creating Precedents Through Words and Deeds, Harold J. Krent

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Randy Barnett’s Critique of Democracy (And John Marshall?), Sanford Levinson

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The Doctor Requirement: Griswold, Privacy, and At-Home Reproductive Care, Yvonne Lindgren

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Intersectionality and the Constitution of Family Status, Serena Mayeri

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Me the People, Jason Mazzone

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Rational Basis "Plus", Thomas B. Nachbar

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The Family's Constitution, Douglas NeJaime

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Legitimacy and Hate Speech, Robert C. Post

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Free Speech and Obedience to Law, Frederick Schauer

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Hate Speech, Legitimacy, and the Foundational Principles of Government, Steven H. Shiffrin

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Republican Constitutionalism, Lawrence B. Solum

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Viewpoint Discrimination, Hate Speech Laws, and the Double-Sided Nature of Freedom of Speech, Adrienne Stone

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Formalism in Constitutional Theory, Cass R. Sunstein

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The Conditions of Legitimacy: A Response to James Weinstein, Jeremy Waldron

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Hate Speech Bans, Democracy, and Political Legitimacy, James Weinstein

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Viewpoint Discrimination, Hate Speech, and Political Legitimacy: A Reply, James Weinstein

Submissions from 2016

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The Construction of Original Public Meaning, Jack M. Balkin

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On Jim Fleming’s Anti-Originalism, Sotirios A. Barber

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The Document and the Drama, William Bennett

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The Staying Power of Erroneous Dicta: from Curtiss-Wright to Zivotofsky, Louis Fisher

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Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution: A Response to Six Views, James E. Fleming

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Intelligent or Unintelligent Fidelity?, Imer B. Flores

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Silent Concurrences, Greg Goelzhauser

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Rethinking Judicial Supremacy, Lino A. Graglia

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The Meming of Substantive Due Process, Jamal Greene

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Legislative Power and Judicial Power, John Harrison

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Originalism’s Curiously Triumphant Death: The Interpenetration of Aspirationalism and Historicism in U.S. Constitutional Development, Ken I. Kersch

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Discretionary Dockets, Randy J. Kozel and Jeffrey A. Pojanowski

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What One Can Learn from Foreign-Language Translations of the U.S. Constitution, Sanford Levinson

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Reading DeBoer and Obergefell Through the “Moral Readings Versus Originalisms” Debate: from Constitutional “Empty Cupboards” to Evolving Understandings, Linda C. McClain

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Dutch and German Founding-Era Translations of the U.S. Constitution, Christina Mulligan, Michael Douma, Hans Lind, and Brian Quinn

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Founding-Era Translations of the U.S. Constitution, Christina Mulligan, Michael Douma, Hans Lind, and Brian Quinn

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Founding-Era Translations of the U.S. Constitution. Appendix, Christina Mulligan, Michael Douma, Hans Lind, and Brian Quinn

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A Biography of Madison’s Notes of Debates, Jack Rakove

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Fidelity to the Best Version of Ourselves, Lawrence Sager

Submissions from 2015

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The Glorious Revolution and the Rule of Recognition, James Allan

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South African Constitutional Doctors with Low Public Support, Or Bassok

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Popular Constitutionalism Contra Populism, Corey Brettschneider

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Corporate Speech & the First Amendment: History, Data, and Implications, John C. Coates IV

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Corporate Religious Liberty, Caroline Mala Corbin

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Judicial Popular Constitutionalism, Tom Donnelly

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"Frightening and High": The Supreme Court's Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics, Ira Mark Ellman and Tara Ellman

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Symposium Foreword, Ronald A. Fein

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Publics, Meanings & the Privileges of Citizenship, James W. Fox Jr.

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In Defense of Corporate Persons, Kent Greenfield

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Constitutional Faith, or Constitutional Stealth? -- the Puzzling Resurgence of American Monarchism, Daniel N. Hoffman

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Corporate Speech & the Rights of Others, Thomas W. Joo

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Rights and the Rule of Law in Third Way Constitutionalism, Jeff King

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Originalism All the Way Down?, Kurt T. Lash

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Intentionalism Justice Scalia Could Love, Hillel Y. Levin

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The Case for Modest Constitutional Instrumentalism, Yossi Nehushtan

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The Dark Future of Constitutionalism, Dennis Patterson

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Why Personhood Matters, Tamara R. Piety

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That We Are Underlings: The Real Problems in Disciplining Political Spending and the First Amendment, Jedediah Purdy

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Separation Anxiety: The End of American Religious Freedom?, Anna Su

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There Is Nothing that Interpretation Just Is, Cass R. Sunstein

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Is Hobby Lobby a Tool for Limiting Corporate Constitutional Rights?, Jennifer S. Taub

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Dog Whistling, the Color-Blind Jurisprudential Regime, and the Constitutional Politics of Race, Calvin TerBeek

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The Civic Dimensions of American Constitutionalism, George Thomas

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Corporate Democracy from Say on Pay to Say on Politics, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

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Dividing Citizens United: The Case V. the Controversy, Laurence H. Tribe

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Three Arguments About War, Robert L. Tsai

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The Structure of the American Civic Sphere, Mariah Zeisberg

Submissions from 2014

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The Faces of Judicial Naiveté©, Kiel Brennan-Marquez

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Rethinking the Second American Revolution: Legal Tender and National Banking in the Civil War Era, Michael T. Caires

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The Ladies? Forget About Them. a Feminist Perspective on the Limits of Originalism, Mary Anne Case

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Conflict, Consensus & Constitutional Meaning: The Enduring Legacy of Charles Beard, Saul Cornell

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Charles Beard & the English Historians, Richard Drake

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The Interpretation of Constitutional History, or Charles Beard Becomes a Fortuneteller (with an Emphasis on Free Expression), Stephen M. Feldman

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Using Beard to Overcome Beardianism: Charles Beard's Forgotten Historicism and the Ideas-Interests Dichotomy, Jonathan Gienapp

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Beard & Uber-Beard, Mark A. Graber

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A Restrained Plea for Judicial Restraint, Lino A. Graglia

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Proportionality and Pretense, Grant Huscroft

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Ideas that Matter: Parting Thoughts on Charles Beard on the 100th Anniversary of an Economic Interpretation, Jessica K. Lowe

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Charles A. Beard & the Columbia School of Political Economy: Revisiting the Intellectual Roots of the Beardian Thesis, Ajay K. Mehrotra

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A Conversation About Abortion Between Justice Blackmun and the Founding Fathers, Duane L. Ostler

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The Article III Fiscal Power, Adam Rosenzweig

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The Challenge of Supreme Court Biography: The Case of Chief Justice Rehnquist, Christopher W. Schmidt

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The End of Constitutional Law?, Adam Shinar

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Pulling Punches: Charles Beard, the Propertyless, and the Founding of the United States, Bartholomew Sparrow and Shannon Bow O'Brien

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Beard & Holmes on Constitutional Adjudication, Adrian Vermeule

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Charles Beard & Progressive Legal Historiography, G. Edward White

Submissions from 2013

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Race Matters, Larry Alexander and Maimon Schwarzschild

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Hate Speech Law and Disagreement, James Allan

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La Constituciì_N De Los Estados Unidos En Espaì±Ol: Un Servicio Para El Pueblo Americano, Jim Chen

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Court-Packing and Compromise, Barry Cushman