Donald Downs

Visiting Faculty Fellow

Donald Downs is the Alexander Meiklejohn Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, and an affiliate professor of law and journalism.

His prize winning books include Nazis in Skokie; 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; Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus; and the recently published Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education on Non-Military Students.

Among other activities, he co-founded the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, and was the faculty founder of the UW-Madison’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society. He has been a nationally recognized leader at UW and the nation for promoting free speech and academic freedom on campus. He is the faculty consultant to the Institute for Humane Studies in its national Free Speech and Open Inquiry Project.

He has won numerous teaching awards, and was the recipient of the national 2013 Jean J. Kirkpatrick Academic Freedom Award.