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Political scientist Kommers elected to Humboldt board

Author: Arts and Letters


Donald P. Kommers, Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and concurrent professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the board of directors of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America.

The foundation supports research and scholarship in Germany. Its U.S. branch, whose members are Humboldt Association research fellows, prize winners, and other awardees, sponsors conferences and other events to promote and sustain professional relationships between American and German scientists and scholars.

Thirteen members of the Notre Dame faculty have received Humboldt awards.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1963, Kommers teaches courses on American and comparative constitutional law and has written numerous books, articles and reviews on these subjects as well as on German politics.

From 1980 to 1982, Kommers served as an advisor to the Commission on the Holocaust. A past recipient of a Humboldt fellowship on the law faculty of Cologne University, he also has been a resident scholar in Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court.He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Heidelberg University and is only the third American to be so honored since 1949.

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on May 10, 2006.