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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


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

Donelson’s legal research centers on constitutional protections for criminals and those accused of lawbreaking, while his philosophical work concerns the foundations of ethics and analytic jurisprudence.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Daly v. Daly Commentary, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law Opinions. (Rachel Rebouché, ed. Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2018)
  • The Nihilist, in The Pragmatism and Prejudice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Seth Vannatta, ed. Lexington Press forthcoming 2018)

Law Review Articles

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

Philosophy Articles

  • Three Problems with Metaethical Minimalism, 31 Sw. Phil. Rev. xx (forthcoming 2018)
  • Rorty’s Promise in Metaethics, 14 Contemp. Pragmatism 292 (2017)
  • Ethical Pragmatism, 48 Metaphilosophy 383 (2017)