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CSU Scholar Explores the Future of American Constitutional Law

David Forte will serve as Garwood Visiting Professor and Research Fellow in Princeton’s James Madison Program

David Forte, professor of law in Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, has been named the Garwood Visiting Professor in Department of Politics and research fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions both at Princeton University.

As part of the yearlong fellowship, Forte will teach a course entitled The Successful President in which students will evaluate the relative successes of various presidents according to criteria based upon Constitutional principles.

 “The notion of liberty and the President’s role in protecting it continues to evolve and will have a significant impact on the future of public policy as well as the lives of individual Americans,” Forte says. “Through this fellowship I hope to engage students on key principles underlying the Constitution, while also conducting research that will enhance insights on American liberty and democracy.”

Forte is a noted Constitutional scholar who has lectured widely in the United States and abroad with a focus on the Supreme Court, the First Amendment, religious liberty, and international affairs. During the Reagan Administration, he served as Chief Counsel to the United States Delegation to the United Nations. He is a member of the Ohio State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Trento, Italy, in 2003.

The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions is dedicated to the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the fields of constitutional law and political thought. Sponsored by Princeton's Department of Politics, the Program seeks to enrich the intellectual life of Princeton students and faculty by exploring American constitutional principles and structures through research and public discussion.