Remembering Dr. Michael Uhlmann

Dr. Michael Uhlmann passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. He was a long-time friend and a Faculty Fellow of the Rose Institute.

Dr. Uhlmann joined the faculty of Claremont Graduate University in 2002, where he was a Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and Policy. He also taught courses in the Department of Government at Claremont McKenna College. His research specializations included the American presidency, executive–congressional relations, and the federal judiciary—namely, the federal administrative process and national security decision making. In addition to his regular coursework at CGU, Dr. Uhlmann taught in and directed CGU’s Tribal Administration Certificate Program.

Dr. Uhlmann was born December 29, 1939 in Washington, D.C. After receiving his B.A. in History from Yale University and his LL.B. from the University of Virginia Law School, he received his Ph.D. in Government from Claremont Graduate University. Before joining the CGU faculty, Dr. Uhlmann served as a senior vice president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to that, he was a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. For many years he served as a partner at the Pepper, Hamilton, & Scheetz’s Washington office, where he specialized in federal antitrust and administrative law.

Dr. Uhlmann also had a distinguished career in the federal government. He began his service in the U.S. Senate as a staff and committee counsel before joining the Federal Trade Commission as assistant general counsel. In 1974 he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to be assistant attorney general for Legislative Affairs in the Department of Justice. From 1980 to 1981, he directed legal and administrative policy for the Reagan presidential transition team and chaired the Department of Justice transition team for President-elect George H.W. Bush. From 1981 to 1984 he served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and associate director of the White House Office of Policy Development.

Dr. Uhlmann was a frequent contributor to the Claremont Review of Books, and his articles appeared in many leading newspapers and journals of opinion, including the Los Angeles Times, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Philadelphia Inquirer, National Review, First Things, Washington Times, Crisis, and The Human Life Review.

The Rose Institute community will always be grateful for Michael Uhlmann’s excellent counsel, wisdom, wit, and friendship.



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