Saul Cornell

Saul Cornell

Professor, The Ohio State University

Saul Cornell specializes in the American Revolution, the Early Republic, History and Public Policy, and Legal/Constitutional history. He has studied at the University of Sussex and has a BA from Amherst College and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty in 1991 after teaching at College of William and Mary. In 1995 he was the Thomas Jefferson Chair at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands.


Professor Cornell has written A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America and The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828. He has also published Whose Right to Bear Arms Did the Second Amendment Protect? part of the Bedford Book's "Historians At Work" series. He has written articles in the Journal of American History, American Studies, William and Mary Quarterly, William and Mary Law Review,Constitutional Commentary, and others. His book reviews have appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic, Reviews in American History, and many others. Prof. Cornell is a co-author of a forthcoming textbook, Visions of America: A History of the American Nation.

His first book won the Society of the Cincinnati Prize and was a Choice Outstanding Book. His most recent book won the 2006 Langum Prize in legal history. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Early American History and Culture. He has held an NEH fellowship and ACLS fellowship. He has delivered invited lectures at Oxford University, Columbia University, Duke, NYU Law School, UCLA Law School, Stanford Law School, and Vanderbilt University Law School. He has presented papers at meetings of the American Historical Association, the American Society of Legal History, the American Studies Association, the Organization of American Historians, and many others. He has published editorials in the New York Times and the Detroit Free Press, and appeared on PBS, C-SPAN, and Fox and Friends

He has a strong interest in teaching with technology. He has written about new media in the AHA's Perspectivesand is on the Board of Advisers of Pearson's website, The History Place. He has guest blogged on the Oxford University Press Blog and at Balkinization.