Summer Institute on the Constitution

As part of the James Madison Fellowship program, each Fellow attends the four-week Summer Institute on the Constitution held in July in Washington, D.C. Fellows attend the Institute at Georgetown University after they have matriculated in a graduate program and commenced coursework.

The academic focus of the Institute is a graduate course entitled "The Foundations of American Constitutionalism." Taught by constitutional scholars, this course is a study of the principles, framing, ratification, and implementation of constitutional government in the United States.

Photo of Institute participants in Washington

A feature of the Institute is the occasional trips to sites associated with the Constitution, in and around Washington. These sites include Mount Vernon, Montepelier, Monticello, and Arlington Cemetery. Participants also have a private meeting with a sitting Supreme Court Justice.

One of the informal benefits of attending the Institute is the opportunity for interaction with a wide range of individuals whose varied interests can lead to enduring friendships and professional associations.

Expenses for the Summer Institute are paid for out of the $24,000 fellowship.

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2016 Summer Institute Professors


Summer Institute Faculty 1993–2016*

  • James Banner (1993–1995), Independent Scholar
  • Lance Banning (1993), University of Kentucky
  • Herman Belz (1996–2012), University of Maryland
  • Roger Brown (1993–1995), American University
  • Daniel Dreisbach (2009–2016), American University
  • Dr. Teri Halperin (2015–2016), University of Richmond
  • Susan Hansen (2008), University of Dallas
  • Jerome Hanus (1998–2001), American University
  • Kevin Hardwick (2002–2008, 2014–2016), James Madison University
  • Suzette Hemberger (2001–2007), Johns Hopkins University
  • Gordon Lloyd (2013), Pepperdine University
  • Jeffry Morrison (2002–2016), Regent University
  • Marion Nelson (2009–2014), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • R. Kent Newmyer (1993), University of Connecticut Law School
  • Whit Ridgway (1996–2001), University of Maryland
  • Sandra Van Burkleo (1993), Wayne State University
  • Rosemarie Zagarri (1994–2000), George Mason University

*University affiliation as of appointment to Summer Institute Faculty