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Department: Department of Political Science
Donald P. Kommers is the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of dozens of major books and articles on German and American constitutional law and politics, including the widely acclaimed work, The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany, the 3rd edition of which was recently published with his first-time coauthor, Russell Miller. His next book, Germany’s Constitutional Odyssey, is expected to be published in early 2014. Apart from the courses he offers in American and comparative constitutional studies, he continues to lecture widely in the United States and abroad. At Notre Dame, he has served as the Director of the Law School’s Center for Civil and International Human Rights (1976-1981) and as editor of The Review of Politics (1981-1992), a major scholarly journal in political theory. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including major fellowships from the Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations, German Marshall Fund of the United States, National Endowment for the Humanities, Max Planck Society, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 1998, recognizing the contribution he has made to the study of German constitutional law in the English-speaking world, Heidelberg University awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree. He is also the recipient of the Alexander Humboldt Prize for Senior Scholars, the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin, and the Distinguished Service Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Over the years he has also written essays and op-eds on Catholic social teaching.