Richard Morgan

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Constitutional and International Law and Government

On leave of absence for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year.



Spring 2014

  • Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties (GOV 2021)
  • The Law and Politics of Freedom of Speech (GOV 3000)
Phone (207) 725-3296
Title William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Constitutional and International Law and Government
Department GOVERNMENT
Work Location 401 Hubbard Hall
Richard Morgan: Gov, Bowdoin College

A.B. Bowdoin College
M.A., Ph.D. Columbia University


Trained in constitutional law and political science in the Department of Public Law and Government at Columbia University, Mr. Morgan taught for four years at Columbia before going to Harvard Law School in 1968 as Fellow in Law and Government. Coming to Bowdoin in 1969, Mr. Morgan's central professional interest has been with the history, law and politics of the First Amendment. He has written a number of books including The Politics of Religious Conflict, The Supreme Court and Religion and Domestic Intelligence: Monitoring Dissent in America. He has edited and contributed to many others including The Third Branch of Government, The American Political System: Introductory Readings and, with Christian Potholm, Focus on Police. He has also contributed articles to a number of journals. He was involved in a study of the emerging "Right to Know" and was Research Director of a Twentieth Century Fund study of CIA and FBI spying of American citizens from 1975-1979. In addition to his work on the First Amendment, he has written on the theoretical underpinning of the concept of "due process of law". Along with the late Professor John Donovan and Professors Christian Potholm and Marcia Weigle, he is the author of the widely adopted textbooks, American Politics: Direction of Change, Dynamics of Choice and People, Power and Politics. Mr. Morgan served as the Chair of the Department from 1969 to 1975, from 1983 to 1985, and again from 1992 to 1994. His most recent book is Disabling America: The Rights Industry in Our Time, published by Basic Books in 1984. His most recent articles have appeared in Commentary and City Journal (of which he is a contributing editor). He is currently working on a major study of constitutionalism in America.

PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Morgan does not use email or voicemail. He can be contacted through the Department Coordinator @ x3295.