Political Scientist Alan E. Wiseman to speak at Vanderbilt Sept. 22

Alan E. Wiseman (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)

Associate Professor of Political Science Alan E. Wiseman will speak at Vanderbilt Law School on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. at Flynn Auditorium as part of Vanderbilt University’s federal Constitution Day commemoration. The annual program, now in its seventh year, marks the signing of the U. S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The event is free and open to the public.

Wiseman’s talk is titled “The Constitution, the Commerce Clause and Contemporary Alcohol Policy in the United States.” He will focus on the role of the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution in facilitating a strong economic federation in America.  In particular, Wiseman will review and discuss two centuries of alcohol policy with a focus on legal debates of the last decade.

Wiseman is the author of The Internet Economy: Access, Taxes, and Market Structure (Brookings Institution Press, 2001) and Economic Perspectives on the Internet (Nova Science Publishing, Inc., 2003). In addition, he has published research in journals including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. He is currently co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.

The observance of Constitution Day was mandated by federal legislation enacted in late 2004. The legislation required all educational institutions that receive federal funds provide a program on the American Constitution around Sept. 17 each year.

The lecture is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Provost’s office.