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Chris Edelson Assistant Professor Department of Government

Additional Positions at AU
Fellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
Degrees
JD, Harvard Law School
BA, Brandeis University

Favorite Spot on Campus
A tie between the library, the gym, and Kerwin 101.
Book Currently Reading
How Democracies Die
Bio
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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See Also
SPA Department of Government
SPA Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Fall 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Trump and the Constitution

  • GOVT-226 Const, Pres Power, War on Terror: Const, Pres Power, War on Terr

  • GOVT-226 Const, Pres Power, War on Terror: Const, Pres Power, War on Terr

Spring 2021

  • GOVT-226 Const, Pres Power, War on Terror: Const, Pres Power, War on Terr

  • GOVT-226 Const, Pres Power, War on Terror: Const, Pres Power, War on Terr

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Professional Presentations

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Constitution, Constitutional law, executive power, presidential power, Congress, emergency power, national security, civil rights law, terrorism, national security law, human rights law

Additional Information

Chris Edelson is an assistant professor in the Department of Government. He is an expert in presidential national security power under the U.S. Constitution. Edelson is a Harvard Law School graduate and practiced law before joining the AU faculty. He has authored Emergency Presidential Power: From the Drafting of the Constitution to the War on Terror (Wisconsin Press, 2013) and Power without Constraint: The Post 9/11 Presidency and National Security (Wisconsin Press, 2016). Edelson is available to discuss: the legal scope and limits of presidential national security power; Congress's role regarding national security and the use of military force; relevant precedents applicable to the use of military force; and issues of presidential national security power arising in the context of the presidential election. Edelson's op-eds have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, Newsday, Constitution Daily, US News & World Report, Reason Magazine, The Hill, as well as other print and online outlets. He's appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal and Book TV, NPR, and Sinclair Broadcast Group Television, in addition to other media outlets.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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