John McGinnis to Join Law and Liberty in 2014

I am very excited to announce that John O. McGinnis, the George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University, will be joining the Liberty Law Blog on a full-time basis in 2014. Regular readers of this site will recognize McGinnis’ earlier contributions to this site on Harold Berman and my podcast with him on his recent book Accelerating Democracy (Princeton 2012). McGinnis is also the co-author with Mike Rappaport of Originalism and the Good Constitution (Harvard 2013). He is a graduate of Harvard College, Balliol College, Oxford, and Harvard Law School.

He has published in leading law reviews, including the Harvard, Chicago, and Stanford Law Reviews and the Yale Law Journal, and in journals of opinion, including National Affairs and National Review. McGinnis is a past winner of the Paul Bator award given by the Federalist Society to an outstanding professor under 40.

John’s posts will focus on the challenges to liberty in our age of accelerating technological change and also public choice—the application of economics to politics and law. One of his favorite aspects of his work is the chance to share it with people throughout the United States, which he has done by giving lectures in 47 different states. We might say that McGinnis has deeply lived the virtues of constitutional federalism. I’m sure that blogging will be a natural fit for him. We might also hope that his interests in theater and art, particularly that of the Italian Renaissance, will be the source of posts also.