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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Faculty Associates

Charles H. Baron, Professor                                     
Boston College Law School

Professor Baron lectures and writes in the field of constitutional law and human rights- particularly as it relates to issues of law and science. In July 2009 he spoke in Italy at a conference at the University of Pavia on the subject of "Science, Biomedicine and Law: A Dialogue on Disciplines, Cultures, and Language," and will be speaking in November, 2009 at a three day conference in Milan called to discuss various topics under the heading of "Science for Peace." 

Paul Barrozo, Assistant Professor
Boston College Law School

Professor Barrozo specializes in the areas of international and comparative law, constitutional criminal justice, criminal law, and jurisprudence. He received an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph. D. in Political Science from the Rio de Janeiro University Research Institute. Professor Barrozo's publication include "Punishing Cruelty: Punishment, Cruelty and Mercy" in Criminal Law and Philosophy, and "The Idea of Equality and Affirmative Actions" in Lua Nova. His current work includes "Four Legal Conceptions of Cruelty," "The Right Not to be Punished Cruelly: Theory and Remedies," "The Structure of Constitutional Criminal Procedure" and a book titled Law as Moral Imagination.

Mary Sarah Bilder, Michael and Helen Lee Distinguished Scholar & Professor
Boston College Law School

Professor Bilder's research interests are currently in American legal history, transatlantic legal history, and constitutionalism. She is currently working on a new book on James Madison's Notes of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787.

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ, Associate Professor            
Boston College Law School

Professor Kalscheur teaches Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Church and State, and Catholic Social Thought and Law. His writing has focused on issues concerning the relationship of law and morality, religious freedom, religion in public life, and constitutional interpretation. 

Devin Pendas, Associate Professor
History Department of Boston College

Professor Pendas' research focuses on the history of "war crime trials" in the broadest sense. His first book was a history of the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial, the largest Holocaust trial in postwar German history. He is currently finishing a book on transitional justic in German from 1945-1950 and starting one on the global history of international criminal law in the modern period.

Vlad Perju, Assistant Professor of Law
Boston College Law School

Professor Perju is currently working on a project on the political philosophy of comparative constitutional law, specifically on the relation between cosmopolitanism and constitutional self-government, as well as on a project on comparative constitutional reasoning (the proportionality method).  He is also involved in the process of constitutional reform underway in Romania, and he has broader interests in how to conceptualize the constitutional structure of the European Union.  Finally, he is writing an article on antidiscrimination law, which uses the theoretical framework of social systems theory for a comparative analysis of the social model of disability in Europe and the United States. 

Jim Repetti William J, Kenealy, S.J. Chair & Professor of Law                  
Boston College Law School

Professor Repetti's academic interests include the effects of tax policy on democracy. He is co-author of the texts, Partnership Income Taxation, Introduction to United States International Taxation, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation, Problems in Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation, and Tax Aspects of Organizing and Operating a Business. He is also a contributing author to the treatises, Comparative Income Taxation: A Structural Analysis and to The International Guide To Partnerships.

Alan Rogers, Professor 
History Department of Boston College

Professor Rogers is currently working on two book projects related to the Center's mission: the court battles and legislative repeal in three state of religious exemption statutes required by Congress' 1974 enactment of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and the legal and political turmoil stimulated by the anti-vaccination movement beginning in the 18th century and extending through the "Vaccination Court's" recent rulings.

Christian Samito
Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Professor Samito teaches courses related to the Civil War era and constitutional history in the History Department at Boston College and at Boston University School of Law.  He recently published Becoming American Under Fire: Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship during the Civil War Era and Changes in Law and Society during the Civil War and Reconstruction: A Legal History Documentary Reader.  He also edits a book series examining American legal history from the Mexican War to Jim Crow.  His present research interest focuses on constitutional change and the making of the modern American nation-state during the Civil War era.

Kay Lehman Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Endowed Professor
Political Science Department of Boston College

Professor Schlozman received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is co-author of Injury to Insult: Unemployment, Class and Political Response (with Sidney Verba); Organized Interests and American Democracy (with John T. Tierney); Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (with Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady); and, most recently, The Private Roots of Public Action: Gender, Equality, and Political Participation (with Nancy Burns and Sidney Verba), which was co-winner of the APSA’s Schuck Prize. Among her professional activities, she has served as Secretary of the American Political Science Association and as chair of the APSA’s organized section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior. She is the winner of the APSA’s 2006 Frank Goddnow Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Political Science, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Peter Skerry, Professor                                                                                            Political Science Department of Boston College 

Professor Skerry is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where his research focuses on social policy, racial and ethnic politics, and immigration. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and served as Director of Washington Programs for the University of California at Los Angeles’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy, where he also taught political science. He serves on the editorial board of the journal, American Politics Research, and on the board of advisory editors of Society magazine. Professor Skerry is also a member of the Advisory Council on European/Transatlantic Issues. His writings on politics, racial and ethnic issues, immigration and social policy have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications. His current project is a study of the social, cultural, and political integration of Muslims and Arabs in the United States.

Intisar A. Rabb, Assistant Professor of Law
Boston College Law School

Professor Rabb recently joined the law faculty of Boston College Law School, where she will teach in the areas of criminal law, legislation, advanced constitutional law, and Islamic and comparative law.  She is also a research affiliate at the Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies Program.  As a 2009 Carnegie Scholar, she is researching criminal law reform in Muslim countries in a project called “Islamic Law and Legal Change: The Internal Critique.”  Her research in comparative law and legal history combines a policy-oriented assessment of public values with theoretical analysis of schools of legal interpretation in different systems of law.  She is particularly interested in questions at the intersection of criminal justice, legislative policy, and judicial process in American law and in the law of the Middle East and the wider Muslim world.