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2016-17 Visiting Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Associates

J. Randy Beck, 2016-17 James Madison Program Garwood Visiting Fellow, is the Justice Thomas O. Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. His scholarship has included a focus on mechanisms for restraining the power of government actors. He has also written about the history of qui tam legislation, state regulation of late-term abortions and law and religion issues. His work has appeared in the Northwestern Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and the American Journal of Legal History. Beck previously served as a large firm litigation associate, an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, and as a judicial clerk for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University School of Law.
Office: 004 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-8721

Elzbieta Cizewska-Martynska, 2016-17 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is Assistant Professor of History of Ideas and Sociology at the University of Warsaw. Her research areas include the ideas and legacy of the East Central European dissident movement of 1970s and 1980s, European and American intellectual history, civic republicanism and sociology of social movements. Her dissertation was on The Public Philosophy of the Polish Solidarity Movement: Solidarity in 1980-1981 from the Perspective of the Republican Political Tradition, which explains Solidarity’s dynamics by placing its cultural identities in a broad Euro-Atlantic context, was highly evaluated and won national prizes, including the Prime Minister’s Prize. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2012. She cooperates with various public and private cultural institutions in promoting the ideas of the Polish Solidarity movement and its history. She earned her Ph.D. in 2009 and her M.A. in 2003 from the University of Warsaw, Poland.
Office: Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-1485

Eric R. Claeys ‘89, Spring 2017 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is Professor of Law at George Mason University, where he has been a member of the law Faculty since 2007. His main teaching interests include Property, Jurisprudence, and Intellectual Property. In recent years, he has also taught Water Law, Remedies, Estates and Trusts, Trade Secrecy, Constitutional Law, and seminars on Lockean property theory and on oil and gas law. His current research interests focus on flourishing- and labor-based natural rights justifications for property—in American property theory, in intellectual property, and in contemporary regulation of shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing. Following law school, he clerked for the Hon. Melvin Brunetti, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States. He practiced litigation in Washington, D.C. for three years, served as a writing fellow at the University of Chicago School of Law and taught at the Saint Louis University School of Law. He has written widely in the fields of property, private law, and constitutional law. He has published book chapters on Lockean labor theory and on tort theory in different books in the Oxford University Press Philosophical Foundations of Law series. He contributed to a recent Harvard Law Review symposium on “The New Private Law,” and he currently serves as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of the Law of Property. He graduated from Princeton University and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

José A. Colen, Fall 2016 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is Associate Researcher of Minho University and recurrent guest Professor of IEP, Portuguese Catholic University. He was researcher of CESPRA of the École des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and in 2014 a Visiting Scholar at Notre Dame University, in 2005 a visiting scholar at University of Vienna, and in 2016 a visiting scholar at University of Navarra, Spain. His most recent books include Voting, Governments and Markets (2010); Guide to the Introduction of the Philosophy of History (2011); Facts and Values: A Conversation (2012), Platão Absconditus (2013), The Early Moderns (2014), and The Companion to Raymond Aron (2015). He has been doing research and publishing studies about Post-War philosophers known as "friends but not adulators of democracy." He has an MBA from IESE in Barcelona and a Ph.D. in Political Science from IEP in Lisbon.
Office: Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-0694

Daniel DiSalvo, 2016-17 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY, and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, interest groups, and public policy. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868–2010 (Oxford, 2012) and Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford, 2015). He writes frequently for scholarly and popular publications, including National Affairs, City Journal, American Interest, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, and New York Post. He is coeditor of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. He earned his Ph.D in Politics from the University of Virginia.
Office: 208 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-7431

Gastón Espinosa, 2016-17 James Madison Program William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, is the Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religion at Claremont McKenna College. He is Co-Editor of the Columbia University Press Series in Religion and Politics. He served as President of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion at the American Academy of Religion. He’s been named an NEH Fellow at the NHC Institute for Advanced Studies (Raleigh-Durham). He is the author/editor of eight books, including Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action (Harvard), Religion, Race, and Barack Obama's New Democratic Pluralism (Routledge), Religion and the American Presidency: George Washington to George W. Bush (Columbia), Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism and Culture (Duke), and Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States (Oxford). He has directed three national surveys on U.S. Latino Religions and Politics in 2000, 2008, and 2012, surveying more than 7,000 Latinos. He is currently research and writing Latino Religions and Politics in American Public Life and The Spiritual Impulse of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Office: 005 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-1648

David F. Forte, 2016-17 James Madison Program Garwood Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow, is Professor of Law at Cleveland State University, where he was the inaugural holder of the Charles R. Emrick, Jr.- Calfee Halter & Griswold Endowed Chair. His teaching focuses on Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, Islamic Law, Jurisprudence, Natural Law, International Law, International Human Rights, the Presidency, and Constitutional History. During the Reagan administration, he served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council. He has authored a number of briefs before the United States Supreme Court, and his work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. He has frequently testified before the United States Congress and consulted with the Department of State on human rights and international affairs issues. He has received a number of awards for his public service, including the Cleveland Bar Association’s President’s Award, the Cleveland State University Award for Distinguished Service, the Cleveland State University Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. He served as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. In 2003 he was a Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Trento and returned there in 2004 as a Visiting Professor. He was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, a Visiting Scholar at the Liberty Fund, and is adjunct Scholar at the Ashbrook Center. He has been appointed to the Ohio State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He served as book review editor for the American Journal of Jurisprudence and has edited a volume entitled, Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy (Georgetown University Press). He authored Islamic Law Studies: Classical and Contemporary Applications (Austin & Winfield). He is Senior Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (Regnery & Co, 2006), 2nd edition (2014), a clause-by-clause analysis of the Constitution of the United States. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto and Columbia University.
Office: Dept. of Politics, 236 Corwin Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1012
Tel: (609) 258-9638


Sarah Beth V. Kitch is the 2016-17 James Madison Program Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University. In 2008, she was an Associate Student and a Visiting Student at Oxford University, and completed her B.A. in Communication at Southeastern Louisiana University. At Louisiana State University she taught courses in political theory, political theology, American government, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Her dissertation was entitled, Accountable Actors: Politics and Poetic Imagination in Huxley, Lewis, and Orwell. Her current research focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s political theology. She traces King’s participation in the prophetic tradition and his understanding of the relationship between love and justice in politics.
Office: Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-7121

Sarah A. Morgan Smith is the 2016-17 James Madison Program Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate. Her teaching and research focus on the intersection of religion and politics in American history, with an emphasis on questions of civic formation in sustaining political commitments. Drawing on her years in the field of public history and civic education, she is also deeply interested in the use of material culture and visual culture as sources for understanding the development of American political thought. She serves as the co-director of the Religion in American History project housed in the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. She received her B.A. in history from Grove City College in 2001, her M.A. in American History and Government from Ashland University in 2009, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2016.
Office: Whelan Hall, 16 Stockton Street, 2rd Fl, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-7117

Robert F. Nagel, Fall 2016 James Madison Program Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow, is Ira C. Rothgerber Jr., Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, where he has taught since 1975. He was Deputy Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1972-75. He’s held visiting appointments at Cornell University, University of Michigan, College of William & Mary, Duke University, and the University of San Diego. He is author of Constitutional Cultures: The Mentality and Consequences of Judicial Review (California, 1989), Judicial Power and American Character: Censoring Ourselves in an Anxious Age (Oxford, 1994), The Implosion of American Federalism (Oxford, 2001), and Unrestrained: Judicial Excess and the Mind of the American Lawyer (Transaction, 2008). He is Editor of Intellect and Craft: The Contributions of Justice Hans Linde to American Constitutionalism (Westview, 1995). He has published many articles in professional journals as well in general circulation periodicals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Nagel holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale Law School.
Office: 209 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-0071

Benjamin Storey, 2016-17 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Furman University, and Co-Director of Furman’s Tocqueville Program. He is the winner of Furman’s 2016 Meritorious Teaching Award, and the 2011 American Scholar Award from South Carolina’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. At Princeton, he is working on a book entitled Know Thyself: Liberal Education for Dissident Souls. His research has previously been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, by the Earhart Foundation, and by a John U. Nef Fellowship for doctoral research in Paris. His writings have appeared in The Journal of Politics, The Review of Politics, Perspectives on Political Science, Society, The New Atlantis, and First Things. He received his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
Office: 208 Bobst Hall, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540     Tel: (609) 258-7102

Cornel R. West is Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies, Emeritus, and Senior Scholar in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, University of Paris, and Union Theological Seminary. He has written and edited over 30 books, including Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent releases, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim. Dr. West is a frequent guest on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now. He made his film debut in the film The Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand. He has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, and the late Gerald Levert. Dr. West has a passion to invite a variety of people from all walks of life into his world of ideas in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice. In fall 2016, Dr. West is offering a Freshman Seminar at Princeton, sponsored by the James Madison Program, on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. He frequently teaches a Princeton undergraduate humanities seminar with Robert P. George, Adventures in Ideas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.