David Mayer

  • Discipline: Legal Historian
  • Organization: Capital University Law School

David N. Mayer is Professor of Law and History at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he teaches courses in American constitutional history, English and American legal history, and intellectual property (copyright and unfair trade practices law), as well as a seminar in Libertarianism and the Law. Before teaching at Capital, Professor Mayer taught at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois; held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia; and was an attorney with the firm of Pierson Semmes and Finley in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Mayer has received degrees from the University of Virginia (Ph.D. in History, 1988, and M.A. in History, 1982) and the University of Michigan (J.D. in 1980 and A.B. in 1977). He has written The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994, paperback 1995) and several articles in law reviews, history and political science journals.

A former Salvatori Fellow of the Heritage Foundation, Professor Mayer also serves on the Board of Academic Advisors for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, is a member of the fellowships Academic Review Committee for the Institute for Humane Studies and a frequent faculty member at the summer seminars of The Objectivist Center. Professor Mayer is faculty advisor to Capital University Law School's chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.


Humane Studies Review Works

  • Book Review - "Policy and Principles in the Age of Jefferson," by David Mayer