Roy “Reb” Brownell is co-author of The U.S. Senate and the Commonwealth (University Press of Kentucky) and co-editor of Magna Carta and the Rule of Law (ABA Press).
He writes and lectures about Congress and separation of powers and has contributed to a number of books and scholarly publications on the presidency, the vice presidency, foreign affairs and sports history.
His work has also been published in academic journals such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Fordham Law Review, St. John’s Law Review, American University Law Review, the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, the Journal of Law & Politics (published at the University of Virginia School of Law), the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the Law and Politics Book Review, the Texas Review of Law & Politics, African Affairs, the Journal of Southern African Studies, White House Studies, the Akron Journal of Constitutional Law & Policy, Engage, and The Federal Lawyer.
His writings on separation of powers have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a number of leading treatises and casebooks in the field and in dozens of academic journals including Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Presidential Studies Quarterly and Congress and the Presidency.
Mr. Brownell is former Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. Prior to that, Mr. Brownell served as a Senior Advisor for Senate Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In addition, he has worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and as an attorney at a law firm in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brownell has also worked for three U.S. Senate committees and for a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons.
Mr. Brownell holds an LL.M. (with distinction) and a National Security Law certificate from Georgetown University, and a J.D. from American University where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. In addition, he holds degrees in history from Boston College (with distinction) and Michigan State University (with honors). He is a member of the Supreme Court, District of Columbia and Michigan bars.
His areas of interest are the law and institutional development of the presidency, vice presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. He also writes on separation of powers, foreign affairs and sports history.
Mr. Brownell has been a guest lecturer at the Fordham University School of Law, the St. Louis University School of Law, National Defense University, the University of Louisville and the U.S. Army Strategic Broadening Seminar.