John Pepall is the author of Against Reform published in 2010 by the University of Toronto Press. He took degrees in philosophy and politics at Trent University and law at York University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1978 and practiced civil litigation in Toronto. He was a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario election of 1990. He has written on politics, history, the law and the arts for The Idler, The Literary Review of Canada, The Ottawa Citizen, The Times Literary Supplement, The Dorchester Review, The National Post, and other publications. He contributed a chapter to Rethinking the Constitution published by the Oxford University Press in 1996. His paper, Laying the Ghost of Electoral Reform, was published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in 2011.