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The Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY Geneseo is happy to present Benjamin Kleinerman, R.W. Morrison Chair of Political Science at Baylor University, who will be giving a lecture entitled “The Crisis Presidency.”  Because of the nature of their constitutional authority, presidents are judged successes or failures because of the way they respond to crises.  More than anything else, Kleinerman argues, we want a President who can successfully navigate us through a crisis.  Advanced registration is required for this event: click here to register.


Benjamin Kleinerman is the R.W. Morrison Chair of Political Science at Baylor University, where he teaches courses on both political thought and political institutions.  His research focuses on the relationship between executive power and the constitutional order.  Kleinerman is the Chair of the American Political Thought section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he has published articles in Perspectives on Politics (APSA), American Political Science Review, Texas Law Review, and several edited volumes including Nomos and The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.  His first book, The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power (Kansas, 2009) was reviewed in The New Republic and Political Science Quarterly.  He is currently in the process of publishing Becoming Commander-in-Chief: A Constitutional Success Story.  Prior to coming to Baylor, Kleinerman held positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, and the James Madison College at Michigan State University.  He has a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and a B.A. from Kenyon College.


Kleinerman is also the editor of The Constitutionalist, a recently-launched website and blog dedicated to the intellectual and political work of constitutional democracy.  The Constitutionalist features essays and blog posts by leading experts in political philosophy, American political development, public law, and political culture and literature in an effort to foster conversation across disciplinary lines and beyond the confines of academia about the creation and maintenance of good constitutions.


The Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY Geneseo was established in 2019 by Professors Carly Herold and Aaron Herold to establish programming, and to foster campus conversations, about civic education and liberal democracy.  The Forum is supported by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.

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