THE CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES promotes research, teaching, and publication on the history and theory of constitutionalism, with special emphasis on the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Center explores in scholarly depth the fundamental principles of the American Constitution and examines their relevance to current cultural and political circumstances. A primary goal is to investigate and make known to the public ways of returning the United States to its historic roots as a limited, constitutional, and federal Republic. 

Topics of continuing interest to CCS scholars include: What is Constitutionalism?; The Moral and Intellectual Foundations of the American Republic; Checks, Balances, and the Human Condition; The Significance of Federalism; The Responsibility of Judges; The Role of Mediatiing Structures; Religion in the Constitutional Republic; Education and Constitutionalism; and Property in a Free Society.


Michael P. Federici, Director. An associate professor of political science at Mercyhurst College, Federici is the author of The Challenge of Populism: The Rise of Right-Wing Democratism in Postwar America. He is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals.

Gregory S. Ahern, Fellow in Constitutional Theory, holds a doctorate in political theory from the Catholic University of America. Ahern, who has done extensive research on the founding period, is completing a book on John Dickinson and American constitutionalism.

Richard M. Gamble, Fellow in Twentieth-Century History. Gamble is an assistant professor of history at Palm Beach Atlantic College. His areas of specialization include the Progressive Era, Modern U.S. History, American Intellectual History, and Religion and War. He is the author of The War for Righteousness: The Progressive Clergy and the Great War.

Sponsorship and Support

CCS is sponsored by the NATIONAL HUMANITIES INSTITUTE, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization operating under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Like other NHI activities THE CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL STUDIES depends for its existence on voluntary donations and grants from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Donations to NHI and CCS are tax deductible.

    National Humanities Institute
    P.O. Box 1387
    Bowie, MD 20718-1387
    Phone/Fax: (301) 464-4277
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Updated 29 July 2010