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Faculty and Staff Profile

William Lasser

Alumni Distinguished Profesor
Director, Calhoun Honors College

Office: 105 Tillman Hall
Phone: 864-656-4762
Fax: 864-656-1472
Email: LASSER@clemson.edu
 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Political Science
Harvard University 1983

M.A. Political Science
Harvard University 1983

B.S. Chemistry
M.I.T. 1978

B.S. Political Science
M.I.T. 1978

 Courses Taught

American Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties
American Constitutional Law: Structures of Government
Introduction to American Politics
Ancient Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
American Political Thought
The American Presidency
Calhoun Honors College Freshman Colloquium
Calhoun Honors College Seminar: Spies and Spy Novels

 Profile

WILLIAM LASSER is the Director of the Calhoun Honors College and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Clemson University. A graduate of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is the author of numerous books and articles on law and American politics, including \"The Supreme Court and Critical Realignment\" (Journal of Politics); THE LIMITS OF JUDICIAL POWER: THE SUPREME COURT AND AMERICAN POLITICS (University of North Carolina Press); BENJAMIN V. COHEN: ARCHITECT OF THE NEW DEAL (Yale University Press); “The Supreme Court and the Political Process” (The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States); and “Was There a Switch in Time: Justice Roberts and the Constitutional Revolution of 1937” (Texas Law Review). He has also written extensively for the Atlanta Constitution and other newspapers, and his opinions have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. News and World Report, and the National Law Journal. He has made numerous appearances on radio talk shows and on local and cable television. Lasser has taught courses in constitutional law and American government for the past 25 years, and in 1993 was the recipient of Clemson’s Master Teacher Award.

 Research Interests

The politics of the United States Supreme Court; the relationship between the Court, the electoral process, and other institutions of government; history and politics of the New Deal; American political development; the political thought of the Framers. Currently working on an article examining the political thought of James Madison against the backdrop of the campaign for the ratification of the Constitution in 1787-88.

 Links

Calhoun Honors College
Clemson National Scholars Program