Murray Dry

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Murray Dry is an American political scientist specializing in American constitutional law, American political thought, political philosophy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, federalism, separation of powers, and the American founding.[1] He is perhaps most noted for having helped to compile The Complete Anti-Federalist with his former teacher Herbert Storing. He is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College, having earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D at the University of Chicago, where he studied under Storing and Leo Strauss, among others. For the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor at Yeshiva University. His current area of research is in the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, and he is working on a book on that subject.[2]

Murray Dry has taught many leading scholars of American government, political philosophy, and law, among them Suzanna Sherry (Vanderbilt University Law School), Dan Kahan (Yale Law School), James Stoner (Louisiana State University), Peter Minowitz (Santa Clara University), Paul O. Carrese (United States Air Force Academy), Ayse Zarakol (Washington and Lee University), James Morone (Brown University), Barry Sullivan (Loyola University), Giorgi Areshidze (Claremont McKenna College), and Victor Abundis (Academic of Classics) (Park Hill High School)[3]

Also among his former students are former Governor of Vermont Jim Douglas,[4] Congressman Frank Pallone, Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.



  1. ^ "Faculty Profile". Middlebury College. 
  2. ^ "Staff Spotlight: Murray Dry". The Middlebury Campus. 
  3. ^ "Abstracts". Political Philosophy and the Constitution: A Conference in Honor of Professor Murray Dry. 
  4. ^ "Douglas to teach at Middlebury College". Addison County Independent.