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J.D., 2017, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Ph.D., 2017, Northwestern University
M.A., 2010, University of Chicago
B.A., 2009, Williams College

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Raff Donelson

Associate Professor of Law


Dr. Raff Donelson, jointly appointed in the Law Center and in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, teaches criminal procedure as well as courses in moral, political, and legal philosophy.

Donelson’s doctrinal research centers on constitutional protections for criminals and those accused of lawbreaking, while his more theoretical work concerns the foundations of ethics and of general jurisprudence.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Fuller and the Folk: The Inner Morality of Law Revisited (with Ivar Hannikainen), in Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, vol. 3 (Tania Lombrozo, Joshua Knobe, and Shaun Nichols, eds. Oxford University Press forthcoming 2019)
  • Daly v. Daly Commentary, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law Opinions. (Rachel Rebouché, ed. Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2019)
  • The Nihilist, in The Pragmatism and Prejudice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Seth Vannatta, ed. Lexington Press forthcoming 2019)

Law Review Articles

  • Who are the Punishers? 86 UMKC L. Rev. 259 (2017)
  • Blacks, Cops, and the State of Nature, 15 Ohio St. J. Crim. L.183 (2017)
  • Cruel and Unusual What? Toward a Unified Definition of Punishment, 9 U. Jur. Rev. 1 (2016)

Philosophy Articles

  • Three Problems with Metaethical Minimalism, 34 Phil. Rev. 125 (2018)
  • Rorty’s Promise in Metaethics, 14 Contemp. Pragmatism 292 (2017)
  • Ethical Pragmatism, 48 Metaphilosophy 383 (2017)