About the ASPLP

About the ASPLP

The American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy was begun in 1955 by Carl Friedrich to bring together a group of political scientists, philosophers and law scholars interested in exploring legal and political philosophy outside of their home disciplines.  The main activity of the society is its annual meeting held on a topic chosen in advance by the ASPLP membership, at which three papers—one from each of the participating disciplines—are presented.  The society publishes these papers, along with formal commentary and invited additional essays, in NOMOS, its annual yearbook.  The ASPLP leadership has included some of the most distinguished and accomplished scholars in political and legal philosophy including John Rawls, Lon Fuller and Judith Shklar. 

Past Officers

Past Presidents

Carl J. Friedrich
Charles M. Hendel
Lon L. Fuller
Frederick Watkins
Richard B. Brandt
Jerome Hall
J. Roland Pennock
John Rawls
Graham Hughes
Sheldon Wolin
John Ladd
Paul A. Freund
Judith N. Shklar
Alan Gewirth
Louis Henkin
Dennis F. Thompson
Joel Feinberg
Kent Greenawalt
Michael Walzer
Martha Nussbaum
Frank Michelman
Amy Gutmann
Will Kymlicka
Donald Horowitz
Nancy Rosenblum
Debra Satz
James Fleming

Past Vice-Presidents

Richard Flathman & David Lyons
Hugo Bedau & Owen Fiss
David Richards & George Armstrong Kelley
Patrick Riley & Thomas Scanlon
Margaret Jane Radin & David Sidorsky
Thomas Grey & Amy Gutmann
Jennifer Hochschild & Gerald Postema
Jean Hampton & Frank Michelman
Frederick Schauer & Jean Bethke Elshtain
James Fishkin & A. John Simmons
Sanford Levinson & Susan Wolf
William Galston & Donald Horowitz
Nancy Rosenblum & Debra Satz
Allen Buchanan & Jeremy Waldron
James Fleming & Ian Shapiro
Stephen Macedo & Michele Moody-Adams

Past Editors of NOMOS

Carl Freidrich
J. Roland Pennock
John Chapman
Ian Shapiro
Stephen Macedo
Melissa Williams
Sanford Levinson
James Fleming
Jack Knight

Current Officers

Stephen Macedo, President
Department of Politics
Princeton University

Derrick Darby, Vice-President
Department of Philosophy
University of Michigan

Yasmin Dawood, Vice-President
School of Law
University of Toronto

James Fleming, Secretary-Treasurer
School of Law
Boston University

Melissa Schwartzberg, Editor, NOMOS
Department of Politics
New York University

Michael Blake, At-Large Council Member
Department of Philosophy
University of Washington

Ekow Yankah, At-Large Council Member
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

James Fleming, Immediate Past President
School of Law
Boston University