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David Adler

Dr. David Adler

Host of America Reimagined

David Gray Adler is President of The Alturas Institute, a non-profit organization created to promote the Constitution, gender equality, and civic education. A recipient of teaching, writing and civic awards, Adler has lectured nationally and internationally, and published widely, on the Constitution, presidential power and the Bill of Rights. He is the author of six books, including, most recently, The War Power in an Age of Terrorism, as well as more than 100 scholarly articles in the leading journals of his field. He is currently writing a book on the landmark Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Reed, which had its origins in Idaho and transformed the law for American women. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will write the foreword to the book, the research and writing of which is supported by a research fellowship from the Idaho Humanities Council.

Adler’s scholarly writings have been quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court, lower federal courts, the U.S. Attorney General, the White House Counsel, the Legal Adviser to the State Department, by Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress, as well as political scientists, historians and law professors. He has consulted with members of Congress from both parties on a variety of constitutional issues, including impeachment, the war power and the termination of treaties. He has delivered more than 700 public lectures throughout Idaho, and writes Op-Ed pieces that run regularly in six newspapers across our state, and in papers across the country.

Adler has taught courses on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court at all three universities in Idaho. He has held the Andrus Professorship at Boise State University, where he served as Director of The Andrus Center for Public Policy, and the McClure Professorship at the University of Idaho, where he was Director of the James and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, and held a joint appointment in the College of Law and the Department of Political Science. Previously, he was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Idaho State University. He remains a Lecturer at the University of Idaho College of Law. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Idaho Humanities Council’s Distinguished Humanities Award.

A frequent commentator on state and national events, Adler’s lectures have aired on C-Span, and he has done interviews with reporters from the New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, National Review, The Nation Magazine, Mother Jones, Fox News, NPR, NBC, CNN and the BBC. Adler has served as a member of the Board of Directors of various academic, corporate and civic organizations, and is a founding member of the City Club of Idaho Falls. He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

  • In this episode of America Reimagined Dr. David Adler offers listeners a preview of the forthcoming 7th Annual Conversations with Exceptional Women in Ketchum, ID. The conference will take place over two days, August 31st and September 1st. This year’s theme is Women of Courage. More information about Conversations with Exceptional Women lineup and ticket availability is at alturasinstitute.com
  • Dr. David Adler welcomes back Presidential Scholar and Professor Dr. Lara Brown for a two-part conversation about voting rights, partisan divide, and the strategies being used by both parties to gain political advantage. Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., serves as an associate professor and the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University.
  • Dr. David Adler welcomes back Presidential Scholar and Professor Dr. Lara Brown for a two-part conversation about voting rights, partisan divide, and the strategies being used by both parties to gain political advantage. Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., serves as an associate professor and the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University.
  • Dr. Caroline Heldman, a renowned scholar in the area of the presidency and gender, explores the historic implications of President-Elect Biden’s appointment of women to leadership positions in his administration. This is part two in our two-part conversation with Dr. Heldman.
  • Dr. Caroline Heldman, a renowned scholar in the area of the presidency and gender, explores the historic implications of President-Elect Biden’s appointment of women to leadership positions in his administration. This is part one in our two-part conversation with Dr. Heldman.
  • Christine K. Walker is an award- winning director and producer behind the films Homo Heights, Backroads and American Splendor. She’s worked with some of the biggest stars: Bradley Cooper, Diane Keaton, Marissa Tomei, Kevin Kline, Paul Giamatti, among others.
  • Christine K. Walker is an award- winning director and producer behind the films Homo Heights, Backroads and American Splendor. She’s worked with some of the biggest stars: Bradley Cooper, Diane Keaton, Marissa Tomei, Kevin Kline, Paul Giamatti, among others.