Michael Signer, Ph.D.
Ph.d University of California, Berkeley, 2001 (National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow)
Areas of Specialization:
Foreign policy and national security
Michael Signer is a Visiting Professor at GIA and Managing Principal of Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC. Signer holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.
Signer is the author of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and of articles, essays, and opinion pieces in venues including The Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The Daily Beast, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The University of Richmond Law Review, and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He has spoken about constitutionalism to audiences including the U.S. Agency for International Development, Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Governance Studies, and the Richmond World Affairs Council. He has addressed audiences in Germany, Italy, and Qatar and has commented on public affairs in broadcast media including MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, NPR, and the BBC.
Signer was a candidate for the 2009 Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Previously, he was appointed one of two counselors to Governor Mark Warner in Richmond. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Board of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute. He currently chairs the New Dominion Project PAC.