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Current Position: Associate Professor
University Pre-Law Advisor
B.A., History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1992
J.D., University of Richmond, 1996
Ph.D., History, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010
Dr. Drake obtained his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2010. His teaching interests include the American judiciary and legal system, the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional history, the history and contemporary study of law and society, broadly construed, and political theory. His recent research interests include the history of American constitutional law and private law, particularly tort and contract law. Dr. Drake is currently conducting research on animal protection laws, First Amendment rights, and the politics of the treatment of animals used in industrial agriculture and scientific research. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in history, Dr. Drake practiced law in the areas of insurance and tort law.
American Legal and Political History
Constitutional History and Law
Environmental History and Law
Tort History and Law
- 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
- 9:00 am - 10:00 am
- Op-ed on NJ.com: We’re likely stuck with Trump until the very end | Opinion
- Op-ed on NJ.com: Today, the Electoral College picks a U.S. president and shows us why we need it
- Law and Liberty: The Plot to Undermine the Electoral College
- The Alabama Review: "The Alabama Way: Independent Courts and Policymaking in Alabama"
- New Books in Law Podcast: Timothy Huebner's "Liberty & Union"
- "An Alternative to the Electoral College" Oxford Univ. Press blog
- New Books in Law Podcast: Suja A. Thomas, "The Missing American Jury"
- New Books in Law Podcast: Terri Diane Halperin, "The Alien and Sedition Acts"
- "Is History an Upward Progression?" Anamnesis (Oct. 2015)
- “For Second-Career History PhDs: Don't Abandon Your Own Past,” Perspectives on History, the Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association
- “What the Gorilla Saw: Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and the Novel Ishmael,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 2014; doi: 10.1093/isle/isu141 (Dec. 13, 2014)
- “N.Y. Adding to Federal Problem,” Albany Times Union (May 6, 2014).
- “The First Attempt at Federalizing Tort Law and Why It Failed,” Federal History Journal, No. 6 (Jan. 2014): 11-34.
- “The Value of an Interdisciplinary Education for Prospective Law Students,” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Dec. 2013): 18-28.
- “Federal Roadblocks: The Constitution and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 2013; doi: 10.1093/publius/pjt037. (Sept. 20, 2013)
- “Tort Reform and American Political Economy,” 2011 Proceedings of the Ohio Academy of History (2013): 29-58
- Constitution Daily: Move to Diminish Electoral College Faces Constitutional Roadblocks