David M. Speak


MPA & Political Science

Political Theory, Public Law, & Public Administration



Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A., UC Santa Cruz

Professor David Speak

David M. Speak did his undergraduate work in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (AB ’73) and graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MA ’75, PhD ’79). He was an early recipient of the George Hart Award for Faculty Leadership. He has served as faculty advisor to various student organizations. He has served as Chair of the Academic Programs Committee, and on the GE and nascent IT Committees. He served on the Faculty Senate Representative to the ASI Senate. He co-chaired the Ad-hoc Academic Planning Committee which produced the plan adopted for Academic Affairs, which in turn served as the basis for the University Strategic Plan.

Speak has had the honor of serving as an official international election observer during four separate national elections in Central America (Nicaragua in 1990, El Salvador in 1995 and 1997, and Guatemala in 1999) during a period of significant domestic tension in those countries.

He is the author of Living Law: The Transformation of American Jurisprudence in the Early Twentieth Century, New York: Garland Publications, 1987, (part of the American Legal and Constitutional History Series edited by Stuart Bruchey of Columbia University and Harold Hyman of Rice University), and co-author (with Lewis Lipsitz) of two editions of a widely-adopted Intro American Government text, American Democracy, 2/e & 3/e, Lewis Lipsitz and David Speak, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989 & 1993. He edited, with Creighton Peden, The American Constitutional Experiment, Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.

Areas of Interest and Specialization: public law, political theory and American government

Selected Recent Publications

American Democracy (Wadsworth Publishing) with Lewis Lipsitz

Living Law: The Transformation of American Jurisprudence in the Early Twentieth Century (Garland)

The American Constitutional Experiment (Edwin Mellen Press) with Creighton Peden


MPA 506: Administrative Ethics

MPA 507: Administrative Law

MPA 694/696: MPA Project and Thesis

PLS 204: Introduction to Political Thought

PLS 207: Introduction to Public Law

PLS 401: Constitutional Law - Governmental Powers

PLS 405: Jurisprudence

PLS 409: Contemporary Issues in American Law

PLS 432: Modern Political Thought

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