Center for State Constitutional Studies


G. Alan Tarr G. Alan Tarr
Director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden. He serves as editor of State Constitutions of the United States, a 50-volume reference series (Greenwood Press) and as co-editor, with Robert Williams, of "Subnational Constitutions" for the International Encyclopedia of Laws (Kluwer). He is co-editor of the three-volume State Constitutions for the Twenty-first Century (State University of New York Press), of Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries (McGill-Queen's), and of Federalism, Subnational Constitutions, and Minority Rights (Praeger). He is the author of Understanding State Constitutions (Princeton University Press) and Judicial Process and Judicial Policymaking (Wadsworth); co-author of State Supreme Courts in State and Nation, (Yale University Press) and of American Constitutional Law, (Wadsworth). He served as editor and contributor to Constitutional Politics in the States (Greenwood) and Federalism and Rights, (Rowman & Littlefield). Three times the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he has lectured on state constitutionalism throughout the United States and on subnational constitutionalism and federalism in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Robert F. Williams Robert F. Williams
Associate Director of the Center and Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University-Camden. Professor Williams has written extensively in state constitutional law and legislation, including casebooks in those areas and a book on New Jersey Constitutional Law. He also co-produced a television documentary marking the fiftieth anniversary of the New Jersey Constitution. He has been active as counsel in many public interest cases. Professor Williams received his B.A. cum laude from Florida State University, his J.D. with honors from the University of Florida, where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review. Professor Williams also received Masters degrees in law from New York University (1970) and Columbia University (1980). He teaches Civil Procedure, Legislation, State Constitutional Law, and New Jersey Constitutional Law.

Aman McLeod Aman McLeod
Research Associate at the Center and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden. Professor McLeod received his B.A. from Amherst College and his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on judicial behavior, judicial selection, and voting rights. He teaches courses in The Judicial Process, American Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and International Law.

Sylvia S. Somers Sylvia S. Somers
Ms. Somers, Administrative Assistant of the Center, received her B.A. degree in Sociology from Old Dominion University in 1973 and did graduate studies in Social Work before eventually changing fields. For several years she was a Technical Editing Supervisor at RCA where she earned an Aegis Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance from the U.S. Navy. She began work with the Rutgers Law School office of Publications, Communications and Events in 1990, spent several years on the staff of the Criminal Law Forum journal, an international journal dealing with international and comparative criminal law. Since 1998, she has been on the staff of the Center for State Constitutional Studies.