A native of Pataskala, Ohio, Dr. Forren joined the faculty of the Department of Justice & Community Studies in January 2014. Prior to that time, he taught in Miami’s Department of Political Science (both in Oxford and on the regionals) and served for five years as Associate Director of the University’s Honors Program. Beyond Miami, Dr. Forren has also taught at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, East Carolina University, the College of William and Mary and the University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Forren’s research interests lie in the fields of American constitutional law and history, criminal justice, judicial politics, public policy-making and civic engagement. In that vein, he has written previously on a range of issues including the development of federal workplace safety standards in Congress, the state of ‘civic health’ in Ohio, the responses of various policymakers to U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the evolution of First Amendment doctrines in the lower courts and the policy implications of presidential decision-making regarding social service delivery by faith-based groups. His writings and commentary have appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Journal of Markets and Morality, PS: Political Science and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Law and History Review, the Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America, Democracy in America, and Major Acts of Congress. He is also co-author of the 2013 Ohio Civic Health Index.