Allen Mendenhall is Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law and Liberty at Faulkner University. He is the author of the books Literature and Liberty (2014) and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon (2016) and the editor of The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017).
Dr. Mendenhall 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 the Attorney General. He is an elected member of The Philadelphia Society, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, 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. 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.
Dr. Mendenhall has authored hundreds of publications. His academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in, among other peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, The Journal Jurisprudence, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, The Texas Review of Law and Politics, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, The South Carolina Review, Academic Questions, Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Michigan State Journal of International Law, The Independent Review, Libertarian Papers, Modernist Cultures, and The British Journal of American Legal Studies. His writing for popular media has appeared or is forthcoming in Newsweek, The American Spectator, Pacific Standard, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Conservative, The Daily Caller, The Freeman, Liberty, The University Bookman, Chronicles, The Christian Lawyer, The 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. His work has been discussed in Forbes, The National Review, Times Higher Education, Inside 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 Abbeville Institute, the National Association of Scholars, and the Libertarian Alliance. He lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife and two children.