Welcome Donald Drakeman

Author: Jen Smith


We are pleased to welcome Donald Drakeman to the Constitutional Studies Program!  Don has been a friend of the program, but it is an honor to have him join us officially as Distinguished Research Professor.  Please read more about Don's fascinating professional and scholarly work below.


Donald Drakeman has written numerous articles and several books on law, religion, and constitutional interpretation.  His most recent book, Church, State, and Original Intent, was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (Cambridge University Press, 2010).  His scholarly work has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of the Philippines.  He has taught courses on constitutional topics at Princeton University and Notre Dame Law School, and he serves as the founding Chairman of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

His next book, Why We Need the Humanities, discusses the importance of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences for constitutional interpretation and biomedical research.  His current research focuses on the use of historical materials in constitutional and statutory interpretation, including various topics in contemporary originalism.

He is also a Fellow in Health Management at the University of Cambridge.  He was, for many years, an entrepreneur and executive in the biotechnology industry, and was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  With a colleague, he is completing a book titled, Following the Map of the Genome:  The Future of the Biotechnology Industry, and he has regularly published articles on immunology and drug development.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Biology, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals.  He has also served as a member of the Boards of Trustees of Drew University, the University of Charleston, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.