Chairs & Professorships
Professor Alexander Tsesis joined the Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law faculty in July 2007. He teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Civil Procedure, and seminars devoted to civil rights issues and constitutional interpretation.
His articles have appeared in many law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, and Texas Law Review. Professor Tsesis is a frequent presenter to law school faculties nationwide on issues involving constitutional law, free speech, and civil rights. He is the General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Studies on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He has been an expert witness for the Canadian Department of Justice and a legislative advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy. Professor Tsesis has also served as an outside manuscript reviewer for the Cambridge University Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Illinois Press, New York University Press, Oxford University Press, and Yale University Press.
His books include Constitutional Ethos (Oxford University Press 2017), For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press 2012, Kindle & NOOK 2012, Audible Audio Edition 2013, paperback 2014), We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law (Yale University Press 2008, Kindle & NOOK 2008, paperback 2009), The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom: A Legal History (New York University Press 2004, NOOK 2010), Destructive Messages: How Hate Speech Paves the Way for Harmful Social Movements (New York Univ. Press, 2002, 2d prtg. 2004, Kindle & NOOK 2010). He is also the editor of The Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment (Columbia University Press, 2010, Kindle).
Attached is curriculum vitae with a more complete listing of his publications and experiences.
List of Publications:
Contextual Free Speech (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).
Constitutional Ethos (Oxford University Press, 2017).
For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence (Oxford University Press, 2012, Kindle & NOOK 2012, Audible Audio Edition 2013, paperback forthcoming 2014).
Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment ed. Alexander Tsesis (Columbia University Press, 2010, Kindle ).
We Shall Overcome: A History of Civil Rights and the Law (Yale University Press 2008, Kindle & NOOK 2008, paperback 2009).
The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom: A Legal History (New York University Press 2004, NOOK 2010).
Destructive Messages: How Hate Speech Paves the Way for Harmful Social Movements (New York Univ. Press, 2002, 2d prtg. 2004, Kindle & NOOK 2010).
Marketplace of Ideas, Privacy, and the Digital Audience, 94 Notre Dame Law Review * (forthcoming 2019).
Erasure of Digitally Stored Personal Data: Europe and the United States, 90 University of Colorado Law Review * (forthcoming 2018).
Categorizing Student Speech, 102 Minnesota Law Review 1147 (2018) (62 pages)
Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda, 86 Fordham Law Review 605 (2017) (32 pages).
Campus Speech and Harassment, 101 Minnesota Law Review 1863 ( 2017) (56 pages) (reprinted in University of Houston Institute For Higher Education Law And Governance Research Monograph Series & Microaggressions-Safe Spaces & Trigger Warnings (Greenhaven Publishing 2017)).
Terrorist Speech on Social Media, 70 Vanderbilt Law Review 651 (2017).
Multifactoral Free Speech, 110 Northwestern University Law Review 1017 (2016).
The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Values, 89 Southern California Law Review 369 (2016).
The Declaration of Independence as Introduction to the Constitution, 89 Southern California Law Review 359 (2016) (symposium introduction).
Balancing Free Speech, 96 Boston University Law Review 1 (2016) (to be reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters West, Rodney Smolla ed., forthcoming).
Understanding Categorical Free Speech Doctrine, 65 Emory Law Journal 495 (2015).
Free Speech Constitutionalism, 2015 University of Illinois Law Review 1015 (this article is the subject of online symposium in University of Illinois Law Review, Slip Opinions) (reprinted in First Amendment Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters West, Rodney Smolla ed.).
The Right to Erasure: Privacy and the Indefinite Retention of Data, 49 Wake Forest Law Review 433 (2014).
Maxim Constitutionalism: Liberal Equality for the Common Good, 91 Texas Law Review 1609 (2013).
Footholds of Constitutional Interpretation, 91 Texas Law Review 1593 (2013) (symposium introduction).
Inflammatory Speech: Outrage versus Intimidation, 97 Minnesota Law Review 1145 (2013).
Gender Discrimination and the Thirteenth Amendment, 112 Columbia Law Review 1641 (2012).
Into the Light of Day: Relevance of the Thirteenth Amendment to Contemporary Law, 112 Columbia Law Review 1447 (2012) (symposium introduction).
Self-Government and the Declaration of Independence, 97 Cornell Law Review 693 (2012).
Congressional Authority to Interpret the Thirteenth Amendment, 71 Maryland Law Review 40 (2011).
Due Process in Civil Commitments, 68 Washington and Lee Law Review 253 (2011).
Burning Crosses on Campus: University Hate Speech Codes, 43 Connecticut Law Review 617 (2010); reprinted in The First Amendment Law Handbook (Thomson Reuters West, Rodney Smolla ed., 2011).
Providing Hope: Empowering Homeless Battered Women through Vocational Opportunities, 2 Family & Intimate Partner Violence Q. 73 (2009).
Interpreting the Thirteenth Amendment, 11 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1337 (2009).
Dignity and Speech: The Regulation of Hate Speech in a Democracy, 42 Wake Forest Law Review 497 (2009).
Principled Governance: The American Creed and Congressional Authority, 41 Connecticut Law Review 679 (2009).
Undermining Inalienable Rights: From Dred Scott to the Rehnquist Court, 39 Arizona State Law Journal 1179 (2007).
Freedom to Integrate: A Desegregationist Perspective on the Thirteenth Amendment, 38 University of Toledo Law Review 791 (2007); reprinted in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (Steven Saltzman ed., Thomson Publishing 2007).
A Civil Rights Approach, 39 University of California-Davis Law Review 1773 (2006).
Regulating Intimidating Speech, 41 Harvard Journal on Legislation 389 (2004) (symposium by invitation).
Furthering American Freedom: Civil Rights & the Thirteenth Amendment, 45 Boston College Law Review 307 (2004); reprinted in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (Steven Saltzman ed., Thomson Publishing 2004).
Contextualizing Bias Crimes: A Social & Theoretical Perspective, 28 Law & Social Inquiry 315 (2003).
The Problem of Confederate Symbols: A Thirteenth Amendment Approach, 75 Temple Law Review 539 (2002).
Prohibiting Incitement on the Internet, 7 Virginia Journal on Law & Technology 5 (2002).
Hate in Cyberspace: Regulating Hate Speech On the Internet, 38 San Diego Law Review 817 (2001).
Eliminating the Destitution of America’s Homeless: A Fair, Federal Approach, 10 Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Rev. 103 (2000).
The Empirical Shortcomings of First Amendment Jurisprudence: An Historical Perspective on the Power of Hate Speech, 40 Santa Clara Law Rev. 729 (2000).
Toward a Just Immigration Policy: Putting Ethics into Immigration Law, 45 Wayne Law Review 105 (1999).
Protecting Children Against Unnecessary Institutionalization, 39 South Texas Law Review 995 (1998).
Preventing Homelessness by Empowering Battered Women Through Vocational Opportunities, Domestic Violence Report 3 (June/July 1996).
Miph o Evreisko-Bolshevistskom Zagovore [Myth of a Jewish-Bolshevik Conspiracy], Aleph, Jan. 1990, at 34 (in Russian).
Birth & Reconstruction of Equality in the United States, in 113 Law & Philosophy Library * (Springer International Publishing, forthcoming 2018 or 2019).
Radical Independence: Visionary Reliance on the Declaration of Independence by Women and Workers, in Cambridge Companion to the Declaration of Independence (Cambridge Univ. Press: Alfred L. Brophy & Mark Brandon eds. forthcoming 2018).
Forward: Symposium, Terrorist Incitement on the Internet, 86 Fordham Law Review 367 (2017).
Declaration of Independence as Source for Inspiration, in Fresh Takes on the Declaration of Independence (Harvard University: Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff eds., forthcoming, 2017).
Free Speech and Antisemitism: Comparative Approaches to Antisemitic Speech in the United States and Europe, in 2 Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective (ISGAP: Charles Asher Small ed. 2016).
Campus Antisemitic Speech and the First Amendment, in Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity (Brill, 2013).
Reconstruction Abolitionism, in Promises of Liberty: Thirteenth Amendment Abolitionism and Its Contemporary Vitality ed. Alexander Tsesis (Columbia University Press, 2010).
Freedom to Integrate, in Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook ed. Steven Saltzman (Thomson Publishing 2007).
Racist Hate Speech, in Censorship: Current Controversies ed. Julia Bauder (Thomson Gale 2007).
Furthering American Freedom, in Civil Rights Litigation & Attorney Fees Annual Handbook ed. Steven Saltzman (Thomson West 2004).
Bar, Encyclopedia & Other Publications:
Hate Speech, Volition, and Neurology, Journal of Law and the Biosciences 2015, Oxford U. Press (with Alexandra B. Roginsky).
Clarifying Free Speech Constitutionalism, 2015 University of Illinois Law Review Slip Opinions 110
The Continued Relevance of the Declaration of Independence, Legal Workshop, Oct. 5, 2012, at http://legalworkshop.org/2012/10/05/the-continued-relevance-of-the-declaration-of-independence
The 13th Amendment: Abolition of Slavery and Beyond, Loyola Law (Fall 2009)
Anti-slavery Constitutionalism, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus et al. eds., 2008).
Thirteenth Amendment, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus et al. eds., 2008).
The Declaration of Independence, in Encyclopedia of Privacy (Bill Staples ed., Greenwood Press, 2007).
William O. Douglas, in Encyclopedia of Privacy (Bill Staples ed., Greenwood Press, 2007).
Federalist Principles and The Reporting of Immigration Status, 13 Chicago Bar Association Record 44 (1999).
The Trailblazers Reach Their Destination, Commentator, Feb. 1996, at 6.
A Snapshot into the Life of a Hobo, Xpressions J., Feb. 1, 1996, at p.4.
Holocaust Museum, Commentary, Dec. 1993, at 13.
Solicited Book Reviews:
Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions (Simon Newman and Peter Onuf eds. 2013), 34 Journal of The Early Republic 669 (2014).
Scalia: A Court of One and Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution, Chicago Tribune, June 29, 2014.
G. Edward White, 1 Law in American History, 48 Tulsa Law Review 187 (2012).
Erik Bleich, The Freedom to Be Racist?: How the United States and Europe Struggle to Preserve Freedom and Combat Racism, 127 Political Science Quarterly 511 (2012).
Brian McGinty, John Brown’s Trial, 77 Journal Southern History 960 (2011).
Peggy Pascoe, What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America, 116 American Historical Review 457 (2011).
Beverly Gage, The Day Wall Street Exploded: The Story of America in Its First Age of Terror, 29 Law & History Review 319 (2011).
David Waldstreicher, Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification, 107 Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 273 (2010).
Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History (Manisha Sinha and Penny Von Eschen, eds., 2007), 95 Journal of American History 202 (2008).
Garrett Epps, Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America (2006), 26 Law & History Review 215 (2008).
Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, Understanding Words that Wound, “The Boundaries of Free Speech”, 8 Harvard Latino Law Review 141 (2005).
Richard Delgado, Justice at War, “Justice at War & Brown v. Board of Education”, 47 Howard Law Journal 361 (2004).
Marketplaces of Information and Audiences
Yale Law School (Apr. 2018)
Listeners and the First Amendment
University of Colorado Law School (Apr. 2018)
Perspectives on Balancing the First Amendment and Inclusivity
University of Virginia School of Law (Apr. 2018)
Campus Speech Codes
Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Mar. 2018)
Contextual Free Speech Analysis
Pepperdine University School of Law (Mar. 2018)
Animal Protection and Constitutional Ethics (Feb. 2018)
University of Denver, Strum College of Law
Can Racial Justice and Hate Speech Co-Exist? (Feb. 2018)
William & Mary Law School
Free Press in the Age of Trump (Jan. 2018)
Northwestern University School of Law
Sex, Morality, and the Constitution: A Conversation on the Founding, Family, and Freedom Today (Jan. 2018)
University of Notre Dame, Program in Constitutional Structure and Design
Faulty Categorization in First Amendment Jurisprudence (Nov. 2017)
Vanderbilt University Law School
Founding Principles, Equality, and Constitutional Reconstruction (Oct. 2017)
III Congresso International de Direito Constitutional e Filosofia Politica (Brazil)
Universidade Federal do Paraná and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Constitutional Ethos, United States National Archives and Records Administration (Sept. 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIZsHj9L30I
Tsesis’s Constitutional Ethos: Liberal Equality for the Common Good, American Political Science Association (Sept. 2017)
President Trump and the First Amendment, South Eastern Association of Law Schools (Aug. 2017)
Privacy, Security, Trust: The Challenge for Democracies, Tel Aviv University, Cyber Week (June 2017)
Commentator on Amy Gajda, Privacy, Press, and a Right To Be Forgotten in the United States
University of California-Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Privacy Law Scholars Conference & George Washington University Law School (June 2017)
Student Speech and Categorical Doctrine
Yale Law School (Apr. 2017)
Yale Law School (Apr. 2017)
Social Media Accountability for Terrorist Propaganda
Fordham University, The School of Law (Apr. 2017)
Role of Free Speech and Free Press
Loyola University, Chicago (Mar. 2017)
Campus Speech and Harassment
University of Chicago School of Law (Feb. 2017)
The Declaration of Independence in Multiple Contexts
Liberty Fund Conference (Feb. 2017)
Doctrinal Concerns about Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces on Campus
Boston College Law School (January 2017)
The Thirteenth Amendment 150 Years Later
Federalist Society, 19th Annual Faculty Conference (January 2017)
Inclusive Speech and Expression: An Oxymoron?
DePaul University (Oct. 2016)
Harassing Campus Speech
University of Minnesota School of Law (Oct. 2016)
Controversial Speech on Campus: Protect or Censor?
Ohio State University (September 2016)
First Amendment Doctrine and Terrorist Incitement
Emory University School of Law (August 2016)
Future of Marriage Equality (Presenter)
Conflict, Rights, and the Separation of Powers (Chair)
Law and Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisian (June 2016)
Civil Liberties on Campus
Stanford Law School, Stanford Constitutional Law Center (April 2016)
Constitutional Interpretation: A Debate about Originalism with Prof. Lee Strang (April 2016)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Comparative Limits on Terrorist Speech
Yale Law School (May 2016)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (April 2016)
University of Minnesota Law School (March 2016)
The University of Pennsylvania Law School (February 2016)
The University of Chicago Law School (January 2016)
Free Speech in Higher Education
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Center for Media Law & Policy, First Amendment Law Review Symposium (October 2015)
Multifactoral Free Speech Analysis
Northwestern University, speaker and symposium organizer (October 2015)
Psychology, Sociology, and Hate Speech Regulation
International Academy of Law and Mental Health (July 2015)
Balancing Free Speech,
Yale Law School, Information Society Project (May 2015).
The Declaration of Independence and the Nation That Followed
National Constitution Center (April 2015) (organizer, presenter, and moderator)
Political Morality and Constitutional Theory
Duke Law School (March 2015)
The New Age of Communication
Emory University School of Law, speaker and symposium organizer (February 2015)
First Order Principles
University of Iowa College of Law (November 2014)
Hate Speech in the Age of Internet
University of Minnesota Law School: Law & Inequality Journal Symposium (October 2014)
Free Speech Constitutionalism and Hate Speech
Law and Society Conference (May 2014)
Free Speech Constitutionalism
1) Yale Law School, Information Society Project (May 2014)
2) Loyola University of Chicago Fifth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium (Nov. 2014)
People of the Book
DePaul University College of Law (April 2014)
Cornell University Law School (February 2014)
Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law, Constitutional Law Colloquium (November 2013)
Challenges of Privacy in the Cyberworld
Wake Forest University School of Law (October 2013
Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 2013, Papers Commentator and Discussion Leader
Yale Law School, Information Society Project (anticipated, May 2013)
The Global Consequences of Free Speech
University of Connecticut School of Law/ACLU of Connecticut
Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium (April 2013)
DePaul University School of Law (March 2013)
(A) Constitutional Foundations
(B) Plurality of Constitutional Theories
University of Texas Law School, organizer and presenter at Symposium (February 2013)
Due Process and Civil Commitments
Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law, Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium (November 2012)
Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective
Fordham University (October 2012)
The Declaration’s Historical Influences
National Archives, Washington, D.C. (September 2012)
Inalienable, Substantive Rights
Law and Society Conference (June 2012)
The Thirteenth Amendment and American Freedom
Georgetown University Law (April 2012)
The Reconstruction Amendments and Constitutional Structure
Notre Dame Law School (March 2012)
Thirteenth Amendment Effectiveness
Columbia University School or Law, speaker and symposium organizer (January 2012)
The Declaration of Independence in the Constitution
Wake Forest University School of Law (October 2011)
A) Self-Governance & the Declaration of Independence (Presenter and Moderator)
B) Expanding the Protection of the Thirteenth Amendment (Presenter and Moderator)
Loyola University School of Law (October 2011) (Constitutional Colloquium)
University of Texas, Austin (Philosophy Department) (September 2011)
Declaration of Independence and Civil and Political Rights
Washington University School of Law (May 2011)
Due Process in Civil Commitment Proceedings
Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Nov. 2012)
University of Cincinnati College of Law (Apr. 2011)
Genocide and Propaganda
Loyola University School of Law, Chicago (April 2011)
Congressional Power and the Thirteenth Amendment
University of Maryland School of Law (Feb. 2011)
Hate Speech Debate with Geoffrey Stone
University of Chicago, Law School (Feb. 2011)
Dignity and Free Speech
Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, Constitutional Law Colloquium (Nov. 2010)
Internet, New Media, Traditional Stereotypes, Overt Bigotry and the International Regulation of Hate Speech
Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) (August 2010)
Regulating Campus Antisemitic Speech without Running Afoul of the First Amendment
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (July 2010)
A) Diversity in Employment and Educational Institutions (Chair and Discussant)
B) Individual Rights, Collective Identities, Regional Policies, Global Society: The Problems and Promises of Community (Chair and Discussant)
C) Challenges to Applying Human Rights (Chair)
Law and Society Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (May 2010)
Hate versus Democracy on the Internet
Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (March 2010)
The Aspiration of the Thirteenth Amendment
University of Chicago (co-conference organizer and speaker) (April 2009)
Free Inquiry, Hate Speech, and Tolerance on University Campus
Rice University, Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance, public lecture, (March 2009)
The Scope of Power Under the Thirteenth Amendment
University of Pennsylvania Law School (American Constitution Society sponsored event), speaker, (November 2008)
Human Dignity and Free Speech
Wake Forest University School of Law, law review symposium, ( October 2008)
The American Creed and Congressional Authority
Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, faculty presentation, (October 2008)
The Thirteenth Amendment’s Revolutionary Aims
Law and Society Annual Meeting (presenter and panel co-organizer) (May 2008)
Regulating Hate Speech
Yale Law School, public debate with Dean Rodney Smolla (April 2008)
The Unalienable Core of Citizenship
Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Symposium (Mar. 2007): video of presentation at <http://law.wustl.edu/centeris/index.asp?id=5579>.
Intentionally Intimidating Speech
Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law, Faculty Presentation (Dec. 2006)
Thirteenth Amendment, Commerce Clause, Fourteenth Amendment: Comparative Analysis
University of Florida College of Law, Faculty Presentation (Nov. 2006)
Abolitionist Influences on American Law
University of Toledo Law School, Symposium (Oct. 2006)
Civil Rights Strategy
a) Marquette University Law School, Faculty Presentation (Dec. 2005).
b) Villanova University School of Law, Faculty Presentation (Oct. 2005).
Future of Hate Speech Regulations
Law and Society Annual Meeting, Presentation Panelist (June 2005).
Thirteenth Amendment & Contemporary Issues
a) University of Toledo College of Law, Faculty Presentation (Apr. 2005).
b) American University, Washington College of Law, Faculty Presentation (Nov. 2004).
c) University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Faculty Presentation (Oct. 2004).
Thirteenth Amendment in Light of Recent Supreme Court Decisions
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Faculty Presentation (Apr. 2004).
The Balance of Liberty & Equality in U.S. Legal History
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Faculty Presentation (Mar. 2004).
Thirteenth Amendment & Contemporary Issues
a) University of Wisconsin-Law School–Institute for Legal Studies, Faculty Presentation (Apr. 2003).
b) Chicago-Kent College of Law, Faculty Presentation (Feb. 2003).
Hate Speech Legislation
Harvard Law School, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Symposium (Mar. 2003).
Hate Speech in Cyberspace
University of Wisconsin-Law School–Institute for Legal Studies & Political Science Legal Studies Group, Faculty Presentation (Nov. 2001).
Placing Legal Limitations on Child Mental Institutionalization
Public Affairs Panel Presentation, Trebach Institute (June 2001).
Hate Crimes Forum
University of Colorado, School of Law, Forum Address to student organizations (invited by Latino Law Student Association, Asian American Law Student Association, ACLU, Native American Law Student Association, OUTlaw, & National Lawyers Guild) (Mar. 2001).
First Amendment Imminent Threat of Harm Test
American Bar Association Law Student Division (regional meeting) (Feb. 2001).
Other Academic Activities:
Invited Guest Blogger on Oxford University Press Blog (Aug. 2012)
Invited Guest Blogger on Wonders and Marvels Blog (Aug. 2012)
Invited Guest Blogger on American Constitutional Society (Aug. 2012)
Invited Guest Blogger on Huffington Post (July 2012)
Invited Guest Blogger on History News Network (July 2012)
Invited Guest Blogger on Concurring Opinions Blog (July 2011)
Invited Guest Blogger on Balkinization (July 2009-October 2009) http://balkin.blogspot.com/search?q=tsesis
Marketplaces of Information and Audiences Yale Law School (Apr. 2018)