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Professor Shane receives University Distinguished Scholar Award

February 4, 2011 | Faculty

Professor Peter M. Shane, the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, was named a 2011 University Distinguished Scholar by The Ohio State University. The award, established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research. The award is supported by the Office of Research. Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including several past recipients of the award. Distinguished Scholars receive a research grant of $20,000 and an honorarium. Just six professors out of the more than 2200 full-time faculty across campus receive the award annually.

Professor Shane is a public law scholar of national and international repute. He stands at the top of two different fields within public law and policy – separation of powers and the role of media and digital technology in sustaining democracy. As a separation of powers authority, Shane’s recent book –Madison’s Nightmare: How Executive Power Threatens American Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2009) – attracted the attention of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Constitution Subcommittee, which asked him to provide official testimony on the topic. Professor Shane’s many other writings have led him to providing Congressional and executive branch guidance on topics including war powers, executive privilege, judicial appointments, presidential signing statements, pardon power, national security, balanced budget amendments, and impeachment.

Professor Shane also pioneered work and scholarship on the topic of “cyberdemocracy,” which is the use of digital media and technology to enhance the democratic process. He has been awarded multiple research grants to further develop and improve this new field. In addition, Professor Shane is a co-founder and faculty editor of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Age, one of five scholarly journals at Moritz.

“Professor Shane has had a profound effect on the nature and direction of scholarship at the College of Law and University as a whole,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, in his nomination letter. “Professor Shane’s contributions to legal scholarship are unique in their depth and breadth. Although this body of scholarship stands on its own as a significant contribution to the development of knowledge, it has, and will continue to have, significant relevance to ongoing policy debates.”

In 29 years as a law professor, Professor Shane has published six books, 41 law review articles, seven book chapters, and 12 encyclopedia entries. His work has been cited more than 725 times by authors in legal journals alone.

Professor Shane is the sixth Moritz faculty member to be honored with the University Distinguished Scholar honor. The following professors were previously recognized: Gregory Calderia, Distinguished University Professor, Ann and Darrell Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking, Professor of Law (1993); John B. Quigley, President’s Club Professor of Law (1995); Deborah Jones Merritt, John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law (2002); Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor, Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law (2003); and Joshua Dressler, Frank R. Strong Chair in Law (2007).