Bio and Resume

Patrick M. Garry has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Constitutional History from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Dakota School of Law, Professor Garry was a research scholar at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School. He also served as a legal advisor to the Silha Center for Media Law and Ethics at the University of Minnesota.

Garry is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to the United States Supreme Court, The Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court, The Oxford Companion to U.S. History, The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and The Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment. His first book was named to the Distinguished Studies in American Legal and Constitutional History. Later books were a Paolucci Award finalist and a World Book of the Year Honorable Mention. His books have been reviewed in such publications as the Harvard Law Review, The Times Literary Supplement, National Journal, Choice, Publishers Weekly, Law and Politics Book Review, Political Science Quarterly, Booklist and The New Yorker.  And these non-fiction books have won 11 different book awards.

Professor Garry’s scholarly articles have been published in such journals as the Wake Forest Law Review, Florida Law Review, SMU Law Review, Temple Law Review, Missouri Law Review, University of Miami Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, Arizona State Law Journal, and Pepperdine Law Review, some of which have been reprinted in various reference and scholarly books, including the First Amendment Law Handbook.

Professor Garry has also written for such popular audience periodicals as the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Omaha World-Herald, Commonweal, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Post, Washington Times, Indianapolis News, and Chicago Tribune Magazine. In addition, he has written for numerous internet news and information sites, and is currently a featured analyst for several political opinion websites and blogs. Because of his national reputation, he has been quoted and interviewed frequently in the national media, including CBS News, MSNBC, San Diego Union Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Atlanta Journal Constitution, National Review On-line, and the Denver Post. Garry has also been invited to write for various prestigious reference books, and numerous articles of his have been reprinted in textbooks or collected works.

Professor Garry has served as legal advisor to the Minnesota News Council and has been an invited visiting professor at the University of Utah Law School, University of Missouri School of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law, and George Washington University Law School. He has also been invited on several occasions to testify before Congress on legal and constitutional law issues.

In recognition of his scholarly research agenda, Garry has been awarded a Research Catalyst Grant by the University of South Dakota, as well as several other research awards. He has received research grants from the Chiesman Foundation, and has been awarded a Center for Teaching and Learning grant. And he is the only faculty member in the history of the University of South Dakota to win the President’s Research Excellence Award—the university’s highest scholarly research award—outright in both the junior and established faculty categories.

In addition to being an author of nonfiction books, Patrick Garry has published eight novels. These novels have won more than 40 literary awards and have been favorably reviewed by scores of independent book reviewers. Several of Garry’s novels have been featured on a nationally-broadcast book review program. The popularity of his novels has also lead to numerous presentations and signings at various book club events.

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