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Edward J. Erler is Professor of Political Science emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, where he taught courses in political philosophy and constitutional law.
He has also been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hillsdale College. Dr. Erler is also a senior fellow of The Claremont Institute and a member of the Board of Directors. He is the author of The American Polity: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Constitutional Government and co-author of The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration; he has published numerous articles in law reviews and professional journals. Among his most recent articles are “From Subjects to Citizens: the Social Contract Origins of American Citizenship”; “Marbury v. Madison and the Progressive Transformation of Judicial Power”; and “The Decline and Fall of the Right to Property: Government as Universal Landlord;” he has also published several articles in the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Dr. Erler was a member of the California Advisory Commission on Civil Rights from 1988-2006 and served on the California Constitutional Revision Commission in 1996. He has testified on two occasions before the House Judiciary Committee on the issue of birthright citizenship and on voting rights and other civil rights issues before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2005 he traveled to Iraq to meet with members of the Constitution Draft Commission. In 2007 and 2008 he won the California State Cycling Road Race championship in his age group.