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Donald A. Downs

Donald A. Downs is Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Research Fellow at The Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and he has taught at the University of Michigan and University of Notre Dame.

He is the author of Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus, Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community, and the First Amendment (which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book award from Saturday Review), The New Politics of Pornography (which won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the America Political Science Association), and More than Victims: Battered Women, the Syndrome Society, and the Law (which showed how treating battered women as passive, helpless victims denigrated their ability to survive and defend themselves and denied them their rights as citizens).

He is also a contributor to numerous scholarly volumes and encyclopedias, and his articles have appeared in such journals as the American Political Science Review, American Bar Foundation Research Review, Law and Politics Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Review of Politics, and Wisconsin Journal of International Law.