Walter Berns is also a professor emeritus at Georgetown University. A scholar of political philosophy and constitutional law, he has written extensively on American government and politics in both professional and popular journals. He is the author of numerous books on democracy, the Constitution, and patriotism. His most recent book is Democracy and the Constitution(AEI Press, 2006), a collection of essays. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2005.
Professor Emeritus, 1994-present; John M. Olin University Professor, 1986-94; Professorial Lecturer, 1979-86, Georgetown University
Faculty, University of Chicago, 1984, 1989; University of Toronto, 1969-79; Colgate University, 1970; Yale University, 1956-59; Louisiana State University, 1953-56
Member, Judicial Fellows Commission, 1986-1988
Member, National Council on the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1982-88
Consultant, Task Force on Judicial Selection, Twentieth Century Fund, 1988
Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Educational Affairs, 1980-88
Member, Joint Committee Project '87, Joint Undertaking of the American Historical Association and American Political Science Association to Commemorate the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1987
Consultant, U.S. Department of State, 1983-87
Lecturer, Phi Beta Kappa Society Lecture Series, 1985-86
Member, Council of Scholars, Library of Congress, 1981-85
Alternate U.S. Representative, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1983
Guggenheim Fellow, 1978-79
Advisory Board Member, National Institute of Law Enforcement, 1974-76
Professor of Government, 1959-69; Chairman, Department of Government, 1963-67, Cornell University
Fulbright Fellow; Rockefeller Fellow, 1965-66
Lecturer, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1959
AEI emeritus scholar Walter Berns wrote "Making Patriots" in 2001. Published by the University of Chicago, it was reviewed at the time by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and many others. AEI included a summary of the book in its June 2001 newsletter, a copy of which has been...
In mid-September 2011, as part of AEI’s Program on American Citizenship, we celebrated Constitution Day. In conjunction with that remembrance, we thought it appropriate to honor our longtime colleague and friend Walter Berns with a panel dedicated to discussing his scholarship on the Constitution and the American regime it supports.