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A. Christopher Bryant


A. Christopher Bryant

Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law


BA, Hanover College
JD, University of Chicago

Areas of Interest

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Federal Courts
  • Legal History

Since joining the College of Law faculty in 2003, Professor A. Christopher Bryant has been a prolific scholar and an exceptionally skilled and award-winning teacher of constitutional law.

Professor Bryant’s numerous published articles and essays reach a wide range of issues of contemporary constitutional importance, including the separation of powers, judicial review, and the roles of the various branches of the national government in constitutional interpretation.  He is a recognized expert on the scope and exercise of national legislative power and the respect that Congressional action is owed from the federal judiciary, with leading articles on the subject published in the Cornell Law Review, George Washington Law Review, BYU Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  Professor Bryant’s research in federalism and unenumerated rights include a co-authored book, “Powers Reserved for the People and the States”: A History of the  Ninth and Tenth Amendments (Greenwood Press 2006), as well as articles in the Georgia Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, to name only a few.  He authored thirteen essays on landmark constitutional cases for the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States(Macmillan 2008), and is a frequent speaker on the Constitution, the Congress, and the federal courts at symposiums, conferences, and public programs.

Professor Bryant is a member of the America Society for Legal History and the Federalist Society and also serves as faculty advisor to the College’s Federalist Society chapter.

Professor Bryant previously was a law professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught in the areas of federal courts, legislative process and statutory interpretation, criminal law, and conflicts.

Before beginning his academic career, Professor Bryant served as Assistant Senate Legal Counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of Legal Counsel and as an associate at Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C. After earning his JD, Professor Bryant clerked for the Hon. James L. Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.



Articles, Essays & Book Reviews


  • The Pledge of Allegiance and the First Amendment, The Honorable Steve Chabot's 2004 Congressional Youth Delegation, Cincinnati, OH (April 26, 2004)
  • The Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-Incrimination, The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Thirteenth Annual Law and Citizenship Conference, Columbus, OH (October 27, 2003)
  • Youngstown Revisited, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (November 25, 2002)
  • Ex Parte Quirin Revisited, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI (November 8, 2002) (with Carl Tobias)
  • The Constitution and the Three Branches of Government, Introduction to Law Week, Boyd School of Law (August 2001)
  • Reading the Law in the Office of Calvin Fletcher, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Princeton, NJ (October 2000)
  • The Legislative Branch, Introduction to Law Week, Boyd School of Law (August 1999 & 2000)
  • The 2000 Census, Reapportionment, and Redistricting, at Seminar: Current Developments in Law and Public Policy, Boyd School of Law (June 2000)
  • The Supreme Court's End-of-the-Term Federalism Decisions, to Staff, Senate Judiciary Committee (July 1999)
  • The First Thirteenth Amendment, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Seattle, WA (October 1998)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Legislation & Statutory Interpretation