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David Upham, Ph.D.


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

Recent Courses

POL 1311 Principles of American Politics
POL 3312 Political Regimes
POL 3323 Constitutional Law
POL 3327 Civil Liberties
POL 3330 Public Law & Administration
POL 3332 Aristotle's Politics
POL 3356 American Political Thought
POL 3358 American Founding
POL 3360/6321 Lincoln & His Times
POL 4354/5301 Fourteenth Amendment Seminar
POL 6377 Shakespeare 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, in Challenges 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)