James Madison Society

The James Madison Society is an international community of scholars whose research contributes significantly to civic education in institutions of higher learning. Members of the Society share the belief of James Madison that only a well-instructed people can be permanently free. They also share a commitment to instill within rising generations an appreciation of the common good and the moral foundations of democratic governance. The Society provides a forum through which scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in constitutional law, political thought, and related fields can engage in intensive discussions about their research and teaching.

Board of Consulting Scholars

Hadley P. Arkes
  • Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, Amherst College
  • Director, James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding
  • 2002-03 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow
John M. Finnis
  • Biolchini Family Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
  • Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus, University of Oxford
Mary Ann Glendon
  • Learned Hand Professor of Law Emerita, Harvard University
Leon R. Kass
  • Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College, The University of Chicago
  • Dean of the Faculty, Shalem College, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Madden-Jewett Chair Emeritus, American Enterprise Institute
Harvey C. Mansfield
  • William R. Kenan, Jr. Research Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Paul R. McHugh
  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Johns Hopkins University
Gilbert C. Meilaender
  • Senior Research Professor, Valparaiso University
David Novak
  • J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor Emeritus of Religion, Philosophy, and Jewish Studies, and Fellow of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
  • 2005-06 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow
Daniel N. Robinson ~ d. 2018
  • Fellow, Faculty of Philosophy, Adjunct Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford
  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University
James Q. Wilson ~ d. 2012
  • Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
  • Former President, American Political Science Association
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom

Members of the James Madison Society

Kevin G. Vance
  • Director, Center for Constitutional Liberty, Benedictine College
  • 2017-18 Forbes Postdoctoral Research Associate
Maria Alejandra Vanney
  • Professor of Law, Nicolaus Copernicus College of Legal Sciences (Poland)
  • 2014-15 James Madison Program William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life
Geoffrey Vaughan
  • Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department, Assumption University
  • 2022-23 Visiting Fellow
Sebastien L. Viguier
  • Lecturer in Political Science, Catholic University of Paris and ISEG Business School
  • 2007-08 James Madison Program Olin-Lehrman Postdoctoral Fellow
Maurizio Viroli
  • Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Princeton University
Joseph P. Viteritti
  • Thomas Hunter Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Policy and Planning Department, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • 2003-04 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow
Giorgio Volpe
  • Research Fellow in Political Theory, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Italy
  • 2012-13 James Madison Program Postdoctoral Research Associate