James Madison Program

Dedicated to the pursuit of scholarly excellence in the fields of constitutional studies and political thought.

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Upcoming Events

Lincoln, the 1860 Election, and the Future of Slavery in America
Feb 26, 2024, 4:30 pm
Bowen Hall 222
What Free Speech Is - And What It Isn't - Princetonians for Free Speech
Mar 19, 2024, 5:00 pm
Bowen Hall 222
Piety, Philosophy, and Politics: The Nicomachean Ethics as Aristotle’s Discovery of the Human
Apr 4, 2024, 4:30 pm
Location TBD

Latest News

Allen Guelzo Discusses New Book, "Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment"

On Sunday, February 4, our Thomas W. Smith Distinguished Research Scholar Allen Guelzo appeared on the Gilder Lehman Institute’s show “Book Breaks.” He discussed his brand-new book, “Our Ancient Faith: Lincoln, Democracy and the American Experiment” (Penguin Random House, 2024). You can find the recording of their conversation…

In Memoriam: Dr. Jeffrey J. Poelvoorde



The James Madison Program mourns the passing of Dr. Jeffrey J. Poelvoorde.  Jeff was a brilliant and gifted teacher.  He gave us his unrivaled talents in the classroom for five summers, co-teaching Principles of American Politics, our summer seminar for high school students, and had agreed to do…

Robert P. George Awarded Barry Prize for Distinguished Intellectual Achievement

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, has received a 2023 Barry Prize from the American Academy of Sciences and Letters (the Academy) in recognition of intellectual excellence and courage. Ten Barry Prizes were awarded by the Academy…