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Chris Edelson

Assistant Professor Department of Government

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director, Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program (PPL)
  • Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
Chris Edelson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. His teaching and research interests focus on presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution. His first book, Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in fall 2013. His second book, Power Without Constraint: The Post 9/11 Presidency and National Security was published in spring 2016.

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B.A. Brandeis University
J.D. Harvard Law School

Favorite Spot on Campus
A tie between the library, the gym, and Ward 101.
Book Currently Reading
Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian (novels re: British navy in early 19th C.)

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SPA - Government
Ward - 247
Contact Info
(202) 885-6218 (Office)

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  • Spring 2017

    • GOVT-226 Const, Pres Power, War on Terror: Const, Pres Power, War on Terr
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

  • TV Interview: "The Growing Power of the Presidency: From Lincoln to Obama, the Executive Branch Has Expanded its Reach" on Reason TV, January 2014.  
  • Book Talk: "Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror, Politics and Prose," Washington, DC, January 2014.
  • “Moving Beyond Racial Blindsight? The Influence of Social Science Evidence After the North Carolina Racial Justice Act”: Michigan State University College of Law (presentation and panel discussion with other panelists), April 2011.
  • “Focus on Immigration: The Immigration Debate and SB 1070”: American University, (panel discussion sponsored by University Honors Program), October 2010.
  • “D.C. and Gay Marriage: ‘Til Congress Do Us Part”, American University, Washington College of Law (panel discussion with Prof. Nancy Polikoff), November 2009.
  • “Marriage Equality: An Update”, American Constitution Society (panel discussion with Ariela Dubler, Christopher Landau, Camilla Taylor), June 2009 (Washington, D.C.).

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