Dr. Dennis Goldford, Drake University professor, will be presenting, “A Novel Form of Government: Federalism and Individual Rights” on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at 10 a.m., in the Instructional Center, room 220. 

During the process of writing the Constitution, the Founding Fathers created a novel form of governmental structure, one that came to have a fundamental impact on the way we define, understand, and protect individual rights in the United States.

Goldford is a professor of political science at Drake University and was the inaugural Flansburg Fellow in the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. He has been at Drake since 1985, teaching in the areas of political theory, constitutional law, and American politics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan, a Master of Letters (M. Litt.) in philosophy from Oxford University in England, and a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

In addition to co-authoring The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of a Media Event, 3rd ed. (2010), Goldford has authored two books on the Constitution: The American Constitution and the Debate Over Originalism (2005), and The Constitution of Religious Freedom: God, Politics, and the First Amendment (2012). He serves as a political analyst for KCCI-TV in Des Moines and for a wide variety of local, regional, national, and international print and broadcast media organizations, and is frequently invited to speak on politics and elections to business groups, clubs, and other organizations as well as for the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau.