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Donald Downs

Expert on constitutional law, criminal law, civil liberties, academic freedom, free speech and military-university relations

Professor emeritus, political science, law and journalism Law School — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Constitutional law, politics and policy
  • Criminal law, politics and policy
  • Civil liberties and free speech
  • Academic freedom and university issues
  • Military and the university


  • Author of five books dealing with first amendment, criminal law and university issues
  • Four of my books won national awards
  • UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award, 1989; other teaching awards
  • Co-founder, UW-Madison Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy