I’m delighted to introduce Professor Paul Gowder who will be joining us this month as a guest blogger. Professor Gowder teaches constitutional law and professional responsibility at the University of Iowa. His research straddles the boundaries between jurisprudence, constitutional law, political philosophy, game theory, and, occasionally, ancient history. His J.D. came from Harvard in a year, 2000, that might itself be described as ancient history, and he has a Ph.D in political science from Stanford from a year that by contrast—2012—seems like yesterday.
His current research focuses on the idea of the rule of law. Recently, he has published The Rule of Law and Equality, 32 Law & Philosophy 565 (2013), which gives a new account of what the rule of law is, paired with an argument about the moral/political value that it serves. Several more pieces of the rule of law project are to appear shortly: forthcoming in the Iowa Law Review is Equal Law in an Unequal World, in which he argues that the rule of law, expressed in the U.S. Constitution in the Equal Protection Clause, protects a robust right of social equality that can extend, among other ways, to a critique of poverty. And the Buffalo Law Review will shortly contain Democracy, Solidarity and the Rule of Law: Lessons from Athens, which explores the way the rule of law worked and supported the equality in Classical Athens.
Having gone to the trouble of learning Attic Greek for that last paper, he is now working on a book manuscript about the rule of law, as well as on some secondary projects on, among other things, the relationship between judicial review and democracy, the difference between taxes and regulations in NFIB v. Sebelius, and several interventions on the debate about liberty in normative political theory.
Before joining the academy, Professor Gowder was a civil rights and legal aid lawyer, and, briefly, a New Orleans jazz band manager.