Carolyn Craig Franklin Professor of Law & Religion
Ronald Garet studies theological ethics and constitutional law, especially in areas where the two fields intersect. He joined USC Law in 1981 and teaches Constitutional Law; Law, Language, and Ethics; and Topics in Constitutional Law and Religious Ethics.
Professor Garet has written about the authority of the Biblical and constitutional text, about methods of textual interpretation in both fields, and about the meaning of narratives of creation and redemption in American constitutionalism. His recent work includes: “Three Concepts of Church Autonomy” (Brigham Young University Law Review, 2004); the forthcoming “Mouth to Mouth, Person to Person” in Just Love and Right Relationship: At the Frontiers of Theological Ethics; and “The Last Full Measure of Devotion: Sacrifice and Textual Authority” (Symposium: Text, Tradition and Reason in Comparative Perspective, Cardozo Law Review).
He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard, his Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale, and his J.D. from USC Law. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Society for Policy and Legal Philosophy. He has served as the faculty advisor to the Public Interest Law Foundation and as president of the USC faculty during the 2004-2005 academic year.
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