Donald Downs is the Alexander Meiklejohn Professor of Political Science, Law, and Journalism at UW-Madison, and the Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins Professor of Political Science at the University. His prize winning books include Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community and the First Amendment and The New Politics of Pornography; More than Victims: Battered Women, the Syndrome Society, and the Law; Cornell `69: Liberalism and the Crisis of the American University; and the recently released Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus. He is also the author of the forthcoming Arms and the University: Military Presence and the Civic Education of Non-Military Students (Cambridge University Press).
Downs has also published several articles dealing with law, politics, theory, and academic freedom. He has been involved in scholarship and politics concerning academic freedom and other issues, and has been interviewed, given talks, and been engaged in issues regarding law, politics, and academic freedom nationally and internationally.