Howard Schweber joined the department in Fall 1999. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University and an MA in History from the University of Chicago after spending five years practicing law in Seattle and San Francisco. Schweber teaches courses focusing on constitutional law and legal and political theory. He is the author of "Democracy and Authenticity" (Cambridge, 2012), "The Language of Liberal Constitutionalism" (Cambridge, 2007), "The Creation of American Common Law"(Cambridge, 2004), and "Speech, Conduct, and the First Amendment" (Peter Lang, 2003) as well as articles, essays and book chapters on a variety of related topics. His current areas of research include comparative constitutional law and democratic theories of representation. In addition to his position in the Political Science Department Schweber is a core faculty member of the Legal Studies program. From 2011 to 2013 he was Visiting Professor and the first Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and in 2012 he was the Australian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Politics.
Schweber is a regular guest on Wisconsin radio and gives frequent newspaper, radio, and television interviews in the local, national, and international press. He is also a contributing blogger at Huffingtonpost.com and an occasional guest blogger on other sites, and a frequent public speaker both on and off campus. Schweber was previously the faculty advisor and coach for the UW College Mock Trial Team and is currently the advisor for "Sifting and Winnowing," Wisconsin's undergraduate politics and law journal. In 2004 he was the recipient of the William H. Kiekhoffer Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also twice been selected as the Pi Sigma Alpha Professor of the year, and has received numerous other teaching awards while at Wisconsin. Earlier, while a graduate student at Cornell University, Schweber received the Stephen and Marjorie Russell Award for Outstanding Teaching, the highest award for teaching at any level awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Howard Schweber, "The Limits of Representation," American Political Science Review 110:1 (January, 2016).
Howard Schweber. 2015. "Legal Epistemologies." University of Maryland Law Review 75 (2015): 210-232.
Distinguished Honors Faculty Awards from the L&S Honor Program
Awarded the Dr. Brenda Pfaelher Award of Excellence.