Gary J. Schmitt is a senior fellow in the Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies program at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies issues related to the American presidency, the U.S. constitution and its principles, and American civic life. Dr. Schmitt also writes on national security topics.

A former minority staff director of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Dr. Schmitt was executive director of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (then known as the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board). Before joining AEI, he was executive director of the Project for the New American Century.

Dr. Schmitt is the author, coauthor, editor, and coeditor of many books. In the area of civics and constitutional studies, his books include “McCulloch v. Maryland at 200: Debating John Marshall’s Jurisprudence” (AEI Press, 2020); “The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017); “Is Congress Broken? The Virtues and Defects of Partisanship and Gridlock” (Brookings Institution Press, 2017); “The Professions and Civic Life” (Lexington Books, 2016); and “Trendsetting Charter Schools: Raising the Bar for Civic Education” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).