professor of law. j.d., yale university; ll.m., harvard university; b.c.l., oxford university; b.a., yale university
Richard Albert finds it "a blessing" to teach students driven by an eagerness to learn and engage in a supportive, collaborative environment.
"To teach at a Jesuit institution is to believe there is more to law than the black letter of its rules," Albert says. "It is to believe deeply in the righteousness of championing the law to fight for social justice, social progress and equality. Our students' high expectations keep us demanding better of ourselves and of our community. And our faculty is caring and committed to the high calling of teaching and to the craft of scholarship."
Albert's teaching philosophy is to encourage each individual to become both student and teacher. "Just as my students learn from me, I learn from them," he says. "More importantly, they learn so much from each other. That's why I encourage active participation in class; our students bring deep insights, raise important questions, and enrich our intellectual life."
Albert's areas of expertise and scholarly focus are constitutional law, democratic theory, and comparative constitutionalism. "What interests me most is the relationship between constitutional structure and political culture," he says. "May constitutional designers use constitutional structures to shape political culture? Must political culture always compel and constrain theory that help guide our thinking on important issues in constitutional practice, such as the optimal rigidity of constitutional amendment rules, the level of specificity with which constitutions should be written, and the entrenchment of countermajoritarian devices in the constitutional text."