David M. O'Brien is Leone reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. His most recent books is to Dream of Dreams: Religious Freedom and Consti tutional Politics in Postwar Japan, published by the University of Hawaii Press in 1996. An earlier book, Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics ( 4th ed., 1996), won the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. He is author of the annual Supreme Court Watch.
Professor O'Brien received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before coming to the Uni versity of Virginia, he taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at the University of Puget Sound, where he was chairman of the Department of Politics.
He has served as a research associate in the Office of the Adminis trative Assistant of the Chief Justice, and during 1982-1983 he was a Ju dicial Fellow at the Supreme Court. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation ( 1981-82), a Fulbright lecturer in con stitutional studies at Oxford University ( 1987-88), and a Fulbright re searcher in Japan ( 1993-94). He has lecuted at the University of Bo logna, Université Aix-Marseille, Université Lumière-Lyon, Tours, Hebrew University, Yangon University, Kyoto University Law School, Doshisha University, Tsukuba University, and the University of Nagoya, as well as before the American Bar Association and the Japan Civil Liberties Union.
Professor O'Brien's earlier publications, in addition to numerous articles in professional journals, include a two-volume casebook, Constitutional Law and Politics