Matthew J. Franck, Associate Director

Matthew J. Franck is the Associate Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and Lecturer in Politics, at Princeton University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, where he served as Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution from 2010 to 2018, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University in Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy from 1989 to 2010, and was Chairman of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2010.

Franck earned his B.A. in political science from Virginia Wesleyan College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.  He has taught at Marquette University and Southern Illinois University, and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1998, and a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton, in 2008-09.

He is the author, editor of, or contributor to several books on religious freedom, constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and American politics, and has published essays and reviews in numerous academic journals, including American Political Thoughtand the Review of Politics, as well as many general-interest articles and commentaries in newspapers, magazines, and online, including the Washington PostFirst ThingsNational ReviewThe New AtlantisNational AffairsThe Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review of BooksTouchstone, and Public Discourse, the daily online journal of the Witherspoon Institute, where he is a contributing editor.