Jacob A. France Professor of ConstitutionalismPhone: (410) 706-2767
AB, 1978, Dartmouth College
MA and PhD, 1986 and 1988, Yale University
JD, 1981, Columbia University Law School
Professor Graber held a faculty position in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1993-2007 and taught at the University of Maryland School of Law as an adjunct professor beginning in the fall of 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Professor of Government and Law at the School of Law, a title he held until May 1, 2015 at which time he received an appointment as the Jacob A. France Professor of Constitutionalism. He served as associate dean for research and faculty development from 2010 to 2013. He has also been one of the organizers of the annual Constitutional Law "Schmooze", which attracts scholars from across the country to the law school.
Professor Graber is recognized as one of the leading scholars in the country on constitutional law and politics. He is the author of A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism, forthcoming in 2013 from Oxford University Press, and co-editor (with Keith Whittington and Howard Gillman) of American Constitutionalism: Structures and Powers and American Constitutionalism: Rights and Powers, both also from Oxford University Press. He is presently working on Forged in Failure, a book that will examine how much constitutional change in the United States has been caused by the failure of constitutional practices to function as expected.
Professor Graber is also the author of scores of articles, including "The Non-Majoritarian Problem: Legislative Deference to the Judiciary" in Studies in American Political Development, "Naked Land Transfers and American Constitutional Development", published in the Vanderbilt Law Review and "Resolving Political Questions into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville’s Aphorism Revisited", published by Constitutional Commentary.
During fall 2013, he was a visiting faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law.
A New Introduction to American Constitutionalism (2013). [Abstract]
American Constitutionalism: Volume II, Rights and Liberties (2012) (with Howard Gillman & Keith E. Whittington). [Abstract]
American Constitutionalism: Volume I, Structures of Government (2012) (with Howard Gillman & Keith E. Whittington). [Abstract]
Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil (2006). [Abstract]
Marbury versus Madison: Documents and Commentary (2002) (with Michael Perhac). [Abstract]
Rethinking Abortion: Equal Choice, the Constitution, and Reproductive Politics (1996). [Abstract]
Transforming Free Speech: The Ambiguous Legacy of Civil Libertarianism (1991). [Abstract]
Constitutional Law and American Politics, in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Keith E. Whittington et al. eds., 2010). [Full Text]
John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Dred Scott and the Problem of Constitutional Evil, in The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law 49 (David Thomas Konig et al. eds., 2010).
Foreword: The Banality of Constitutional Evil, in Earl Maltz, The Constitution and Slavery (2009).
Legal, Strategic, or Legal Strategy: Deciding to Decide During the Civil War and Reconstruction, in The Supreme Court and American Political Development, (Ronald Kahn & Ken Kersch, eds. 2006). [Full Text]
The Right to Vote and Other ‘Anomalies:’ Protecting and Expanding Civil Liberties in Wartime, in At War with Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (John Stack & Thomas Baker, eds. 2006).
From Republic to Democracy : The Judiciary and the Political Process, in The Judicial Branch (Kermit Hall & Kevin McGuire, eds. 2005).
Settling the West: The Annexation of Texas, the Louisiana Purchase and Bush v. Gore, in The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion 1803-1898 (Sanford Levinson & Bartholomew H. Sparrow eds., 2005).
Bush v. Gore and the annexation of Texas, in The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion (Bartholomew Sparrow & Sanford Levinson, eds. 2005).
Counterstories: Protecting and Expanding Civil Liberties in Times of War, in The Constitution in Wartime: Beyond Alarmism and Complacency (Mark Tushnet, ed. 2005). [Full Text]
Justice Thomas and the Perils of Amateur History, in Rehnquist Justice: Understanding the Court Dynamic (Earl Maltz, ed. 2003).
The Law and Politics of Judicial Review, in Separation of Powers: Documents and Commentary (Katy Harriger, ed. 2003).
Book Review, 33 Law & History Review 235 (2015) (reviewing J. David Alvis et al., The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010 (2013)).
The Declaration of Independence as Canon Fodder, 49 Tulsa Law Review 469 (2014) (book review). [Full Text]
Belling the Partisan Cats: Preliminary Thoughts on Identifying and Mending a Dysfunctional Constitutional Order, 94 Boston University Law Review 611 (2014). [Full Text]
Beard and Uber-Beard, 29 Constitutional Commentary 293 (2014). [Full Text]
Executive Power: From the Constitutional Periphery to the Constitutional Core, 73 Maryland Law Review 1 (2013). [Full Text]
Book Review, 2 American Political Thought 163 (2013) (reviewing Tamara R. Piety, Brandishing the First Amendment: Commercial Expression in America (2012)).
The Coming Constitutional Yo-Yo?: Elite Opinion, Polarization, and the Direction of Judicial Decision Making, 56 Howard Law Journal 661 (2013). [Full Text]
Redeeming and Living with Evil, 71 Maryland Law Review 1073 (2012). [Full Text]
Subtraction by Addition? The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments, 112 Columbia Law Review 1501 (2012). [Full Text]
Constitutional Democracy, Human Dignity, and Entrenched Evil, 38 Pepperdine Law Review 889 (2011). [Full Text]
Hollow Hopes and Exaggerated Fears: The Canon/Anticanon in Context, 125 Harvard Law Review Forum 33 (2011) [Full Text]
Introduction to Law's Allure Symposium: Law and Politics—An Old Distinction, New Problems, 35 Law & Social Inquiry 1025 (2010) [Full Text]
Book Review: Selection Biases, 45 Tulsa Law Review 575 (2010) (with Sanford Levinson). [Full Text]
Constitutional Fits, 41 Journal of Social Philosophy 194 (2010).
A Tale Told by a President, 28 Yale Law & Policy Review: Inter Alia 13 (2010). [Full Text]
Running Cars, Constitutions and Metaphors into the Ground, 18 The Good Society 35 (2009). [Full Text]
Foreword: Our Paradoxical Religion Clauses, 69 Maryland Law Review 8 (2009). [Full Text]
James Buchanan as Savior? Judicial Power, Political Fragmentation, and the Failed 1831 Repeal of Section 25, 88 Oregon Law Review 95 (2009). [Full Text]
The Price of Fame: Brown as Celebrity, 69 Ohio State Law Journal 939 (2008). [Full Text]
The Countermajoritarian Difficulty: From Congress to Courts to Constitutional Order, 4 Annual Reviews in Law & Social Science 361 (2008). [Full Text]
False Modesty: Felix Frankfurter and the Tradition of Judicial Restraint, 47 Washburn Law Journal 23 (2007) [Full Text]
Foreword: From the Countermajoritarian Difficulty to Juristocracy and the Political Construction of Judicial Power, 65 Maryland Law Review 1 (2006). [Full Text]
Enumeration and Other Constitutional Strategies for Protecting Rights: the View from 1787/1791, 9 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 357 (2006). [Full Text]
Does it Really Matter? Conservative Courts in a Conservative Era, 75 Fordham Law Review 675 (2006). [Full Text]
Popular Constitutionalism, Judicial Supremacy, and the Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 81 Chicago-Kent Law Review 923 (2006). [Full Text]
Constitutionalism and Political Science: Imaginative Scholarship, Unimaginative Teaching, 3 Perspectives on Politics 135 (2005). [Full Text]
Dred Scott as a Centrist Decision, 83 North Carolina Law Review 1229 (2005).
The Jacksonian Makings of the Taney Court (2005). [Full Text]
Lost and Not Yet Found: The New First Amendment, 14 The Good Society 19 (2005).
Ancients, Moderns, and Guns, 12 William & Mary Bill of Rights Law Review 307 (2004). [Full Text]
Resolving Political Questions into Judicial Questions: Tocqueville's Thesis Revisited (2004). [Full Text]
Establishing Judicial Review: Marbury v. The Judiciary Act of 1789, 38 Tulsa Law Review 609 (2003).
Social Democracy and Constitutional Theory: An Institutional Perspective, 69 Fordham Law Review 1969 (2001). [Full Text]
Thick and Thin: Interdisciplinary Conversations on Populism, Law, Political Science, And Constitutional Change, 90 Georgetown Law Journal 233 (2001). [Full Text]
Naked Land Transfers and American Constitutional Development, 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 73 (2000). [Full Text]
The Jacksonian Origins of Chase Court Activism, 25 Journal of Supreme Court History 17 (2000).
Law and Sports Officiating: A Misunderstood and Justly Neglected Relationship, 16 Constitutional Commentary 293 (1999). [Full Text]
The Clintonification of American Law: Abortion, Welfare, and Liberal Constitutional Theory, 58 Ohio State Law Journal 731 (1997).
Desperately Ducking Slavery: Dred Scott and Contemporary Constitutional Theory, 14 Constitutional Commentary 271 (1997). [Full Text]
Conflicting Representations: Lani Guinier and James Madison on Electoral Systems, 13 Constitutional Commentary 291 (1996). [Full Text]
Old Wine in New Bottles: The Constitutional Status of Unconstitutional Speech, 48 Vanderbilt Law Review 349 (1995). [Full Text]
The Passive-Aggressive Virtues: Cohen v. Virginia and the Problematic Establishment of Judicial Power, 12 Constitutional Commentary 67 (1995). [Full Text]
Judicial Recantation, 45 Syracuse Law Review 807 (1994). [Full Text]
A Constitutional Conspiracy Unmasked: Why "No State" Does Not Mean "No State", 10 Constitutional Commentary 87 (1993). [Full Text]
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in The Atlantic article "Gay Rights May Come at the Cost of Religious Freedom."
Mark Graber of the School of Law discusses an ongoing free speech debate in Georgia on Bloomberg Law
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the article "How a President Hillary Clinton could help end the death penalty" in The Week magazine.
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the MSNBC story, "Liberal SCOTUS? Not so fast."
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the Atlantic article "The Conservative Split on the Meaning of Marriage."
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the article "A Big Fuss Over the First Amendment" on nationallawjournal.com (registration required)
Mark Graber of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Emotions fly high with the confederate flag" that aired on WMAR-TV
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Supreme Court Sign Ruling Could Create a Cottage Industry of Challenges" on dailyreporteronline.com (registration required)
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the article "First Amendment Rulings Stir Debate Over License Plates, Signs" on nationallawjournal.com
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law" on thejewishchronicle.net
Mark Graber of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Bloomberg Law: High Court Rules on Sign Regulation" that aired on Bloomberg.com.
Mark Graber of the School of Law was interviewed on WBFF Fox 45 TV (no link)
Mark Graber of the School of Law was interviewed for the Moment Magazine article "What the Supreme Court Passport Ruling Means for Presidential Power."
Mark Graber of the School of Law was interviewed on the Lisa Wexler Show.
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the Washington Jewish Week article "Supreme Court strikes down Israel passport law."
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the Patch.com article "Supreme Court Rules Against Local Taxes on Out-of-State Earnings."
Mark Graber of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Graber to Lead ICH Seminar on 'the Pre- and Post-1865 Constitution'" on legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Mock Trial success" on UDaily.
Mark Graber of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Live Video (10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.): The Declaration of Independence" on Yahoo.com.
Mark Graber of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Live Video (10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.): The Declaration of Independence" on noodls.com
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Aftermath of Walter Scott Shooting Underlines the Impact and Limitations of Using Cell Phone Videos Against Police Officers" on atlantablackstar.com and in similar articles on wlrh.org, newstaco.com sbynews.blogspot.in
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Civilians can record police encounters, but when is it interference?" on Minnesota Public Radio
Mark Graber of the School of Law was quoted in the 89.3 KPCC story "Civilians can record police encounters, but when is it interference?"