Donald Downs

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Donald Alexander Downs is the Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison , and the Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins Professor of Political Science at the University.[1] He is known for his work on Free Speech issues.

Downs received his Ph.D. from the University of California - Berkeley and his B.A. from Cornell University. He has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame and is currently Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at UW-Madison and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. Downs has published many scholarly articles and books on the politics underlying central controversies in free speech, with a particular interest in recent years in academic freedom.

Downs is a co-founder of the Committee for Academic Freedom and Rights (CAFAR).[2]




  • Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community and the First Amendment
  • The New Politics of Pornography
  • More than Victims: Battered Women, the Syndrome Society, and the Law
  • Cornell `69: Liberalism and the Crisis of the American University
  • Donald Downs Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus The Independent Institute and Cambridge University Press, 2005
  • forthcoming Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education on Non-Military Students (Cambridge University Press).

Articles and reports

Donald Downs "Academic Freedom: What It Is, What It Isn't, and How to Tell the Difference" John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, April 2009.


  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison Donald Downs, Accessed 30 July 2010
  2. Cambridge University Press Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus Donald Alexander Downs University of Wisconsin, Madison, accessed 30 July 2010