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David Upham, Ph.D.


J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2005)
Ph.D., University of Dallas (2002)
M.A., University of Dallas (2000)
M.A., Boston College (1995)
B.A., Middlebury College (1993)
Certificat d’Études Politiques, Institut d’Études Politiques (Paris) (1992)

Recent Courses

Principles of American Politics
Political Regimes
Aristotle's Politics
American Political Thought
Lincoln & His Times
Public Law & Administration
American Judiciary
American Founding
Marriage and American Democracy
Fourteenth Amendment Seminar

Research Interests

Constitutional Law and History, Political and Legal Theory

Selected Publications

Several of Dr. Upham's scholarly papers, including recent work, are available on his SSRN page.

A Coherent Measure. Perspectives on Political Science, Aug. 2019 (on the coherence of the original understanding of the Fourteenth Amendment)

The Understanding of “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist” Before the Thirteenth Amendment, 15 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 137 (2017). 

The Founders and the Conditions of Popular Deliberationin Constitutionalism, Executive Power, and Popular Enlightenment 281 (Giorgi Areshidze, Paul Carrese, and Suzanna Sherry eds.) (SUNY Press, 2016).

The Meanings of the “Privileges and Immunities of Citizens” on the Eve of the Civil War, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1117 (2016), available at

Interracial Marriage and the Original Understanding of the Privileges or Immunities Clause, 42 Hastings Const. L. Q. 213 (2015).

"Pope Pius XI's Extraordinary--But Undeserved--Praise of the American Supreme Court," Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, 2012

"In 'Candy Cane Case,' Conservatives Should Root for the Principals," National Review Online, June 16, 2011

"Is Texas Messing With History?"  The Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2010

Note, Corfield v. Coryell and the Privileges and Immunities of American Citizenship, 83 TEXAS L. REV. 1483 (2005).

Protecting the Privileges of Citizenship: Founding, Civil War, and Reconstruction, inChallenges to the American Founding: Slavery, Historicism, and Progressivism in the Nineteenth Century, 139-60 (Ronald J. Pestritto & Thomas G. West eds. 2004)

The Primacy of Property Rights and the American Founding, 98 THE FREEMAN 79-83 (February 1998) (first-place entry in Garvey Fellowship Essay Contest)

Texas Law Review, Manual on Usage & Style (10th ed. 2005) (coeditor)