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Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy from 1989-2010. He is also a Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Princeton University. As director of the center, he helps maintain the Witherspoon Institute’s relationships with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the American Religious Freedom Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the Religious Freedom Project of Georgetown University.

Franck earned his B.A. in political science (magna cum laude) from Virginia Wesleyan College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.  He was a Henry J. Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, 1993-95, J. William Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1998, and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, 2008-09.

He is the author of Against the Imperial Judiciary (1996), coeditor of Sober as a Judge (1999), and a contributor to History of American Political Thought (2003), The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (2005, 2012), and The George W. Bush Presidency: A Rhetorical Perspective (2012). His writing regularly appears peer-reviewed sources such as The Review of Politics, American Political Thought, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy. He is also a regular blogger for National Review Online’s “Bench Memo’s” page and the “First Thoughts” page at First Things.

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