Walter Berns was also a professor emeritus at Georgetown University. A scholar of political philosophy and constitutional law, he wrote extensively on American government and politics in both professional and popular journals. The author of numerous books on democracy, the Constitution, and patriotism, his last book, Democracy and the Constitution (AEI Press, 2006), was a collection of essays. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2005.


  • Professor Emeritus, 1994-2014; John M. Olin University Professor, 1986-94; Professorial Lecturer, 1979-86, Georgetown University
  • Faculty, University of Chicago, 1984, 1989; University of Toronto, 1969-79; Colgate University, 1970; Yale University, 1956-59; Louisiana State University, 1953-56
  • Member, Judicial Fellows Commission, 1986-1988
  • Member, National Council on the Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1982-88
  • Consultant, Task Force on Judicial Selection, Twentieth Century Fund, 1988
  • Member, Board of Directors, Institute for Educational Affairs, 1980-88
  • Member, Joint Committee Project ’87, Joint Undertaking of the American Historical Association and American Political Science Association to Commemorate the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, 1987
  • Consultant, U.S. Department of State, 1983-87
  • Lecturer, Phi Beta Kappa Society Lecture Series, 1985-86
  • Member, Council of Scholars, Library of Congress, 1981-85
  • Alternate U.S. Representative, United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1983
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1978-79
  • Advisory Board Member, National Institute of Law Enforcement, 1974-76
  • Professor of Government, 1959-69; Chairman, Department of Government, 1963-67, Cornell University
  • Fulbright Fellow; Rockefeller Fellow, 1965-66
  • Lecturer, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1959
  • Carnegie Teaching Fellow, 1952-53
  • U.S. Navy, 1941-45


Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago
London School of Economics and Political Science
Reed College
B.S., University Iowa