Howard Schweber

Professor: American Politics | Political Theory

(608) 263-2293

322B North Hall

Affiliated with  Law School, Integrated Liberal Studies, Legal Studies, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Post-secondary Education


Ph.D., Cornell University, Government, 1999; M.A.

University of Chicago, History, 1994

J.D., University of Washington Law School, 1989

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Individualized Major, 1984

Research Interests:

Constitution, Democratic Theory, Law


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 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.


PS 601 Topics in American Constitutionalism Fall 2019-2020

PS 460 Undergraduate Seminar “Politics in Cinema” Fall 2019-2020

PS 160 Introduction to Political Theory Summer 2019

PS 470 The First Amendment Spring 2018-2019

PS 460 The American University Spring 2018-2019

PS 601 Conservative Political Thought Fall 2018-2019

PS 411 The American Constitution: Powers and Structures of Government Fall 2018-2019

PS 400 Mock Trial Fall 2018-2019

PS 411 The American Constitution: Powers and Structures of Government Fall 2017-2018

PS 400 Mock Trial Fall 2017-2018

PS 411 The American Constitution : Powers and Structures of Government Spring 2016-2017

PS 209 Introduction to Political Theory Spring 2016-2017

PS 412 American Constitution: Rights and Liberties Fall 2016-2017

PS 601 The American University Spring 2015-2016

PS 412 American Constitution: Rights and Liberties Fall 2015-2016



Distinguished Honors Faculty Awards from the L&S Honor Program

Awarded the Dr. Brenda Pfaelher Award of Excellence.


015 Distinguished Honors Faculty Awards from the L&S Honor Program


Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow by the College of Letters and Science