Allen Mendenhall

Associate Dean, Executive Director of the Blackstone and Burke Center for Law and Liberty


Allen Mendenhall is an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty. His books include Literature and Liberty (2014), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon (2017), Of Bees and Boys (2017), The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017), and Writers on Writing (2018).

He holds a B.A. in English from Furman University, M.A. in English from West Virginia University, J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law, LL.M. in transnational law from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ph.D. in English from Auburn University. He edits Southern Literary Review and has been an adjunct legal associate at the Cato Institute, a Mises Emerging Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, an associate of the Abbeville Institute, a Humane Studies Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies, a staff attorney for Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Supreme Court of Alabama, and an assistant attorney general in the State of Alabama Office of Attorney General Luther Strange.  He is an elected member and trustee of the Philadelphia Society, an associated scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, president of the Alabama Association of Scholars, and president of the Montgomery Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. He has taught in university English departments, a humanities department, a law school, a business school, a Japanese private school, and a penitentiary, and has served on the board of directors or editorial board of several organizations and publications. While in private practice in Atlanta, he represented non-profit corporations and litigated cases involving real property, contracts, collections, foreclosures, restrictive covenants, and real-estate transactions. He is a graduate of Leadership Lee County (Alabama), the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum (Class 14), and the Atlas Leadership Academy of Atlas Network.

He has authored hundreds of publications.  His academic writing has appeared in such peer-reviewed journals and law reviews as The Journal JurisprudenceThe Canadian Journal of Law and JurisprudenceThe Texas Review of Law and PoliticsEuropean Journal of Pragmatism and American PhilosophyThe South Carolina ReviewUMKC Law ReviewUniversity of Dayton Law ReviewIndiana Law JournalElon Law ReviewAcademic QuestionsGeorgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race PerspectivesMichigan State Journal of International LawThe Independent ReviewLibertarian PapersQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsModernist Cultures, and The British Journal of American Legal Studies.  His writing for popular media has appeared in NewsweekThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington TimesThe American SpectatorPacific StandardThe HillThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe American ConservativeThe Daily CallerThe FederalistThe FreemanLibertyThe University BookmanChroniclesThe Christian LawyerThe Conversation, and elsewhere.  He has spoken or delivered papers at Harvard University, Brown University, Georgetown University Law Center, George Mason University, University of British Columbia, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Auburn University, West Virginia University, the Alabama State Capitol, and other universities and locations.  He has been quoted or cited in ForbesThe Washington PostThe National ReviewTimes Higher EducationInside Higher Education, and U.S. News and World Report, and published by such organizations as the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada, the Mercatus Center, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Independent Institute, the Rockford Institute, the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, the American Ideas Institute, the Heartland Institute, the Abbeville Institute, the National Association of Scholars, the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, and the Libertarian Alliance. He frequently appears on radio and television on networks as wide-ranging as Alabama Public Television, Al-Jazeera, and BBC World News.  He lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife and two children.