Anna Offit

PhD, JD, MPhil
Assisant Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University School of Law (Summer 2019)

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Anna Offit holds an A.B. from Princeton University, from which she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with a thesis prize from the Program in American Studies. After graduation, she pursued an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote a master’s thesis on the history of the grand jury system. She completed a J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center, from which she received a Student Advocacy Award from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2012, and the Saint Thomas More Award for her student note about the grand jury system the same year. As a law student, Anna was Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, worked as a part-time clerk for the Department of Justice's Office for Civil Rights, and as an intern at the United States Attorney's Office in the District of New Jersey. At graduation, she was recognized for carrying out over 175 hours of bro bono legal work during law school, and was subsequently admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bar. Anna received a PhD in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton where her dissertation research on jury selection was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Princeton University’s Dean’s Fund for scholarly travel, and a William A. Dippel ’50 Graduate Fellowship. She was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholarship to study proposed jury reforms in Norway and was a 2015-2016 guest researcher at the University of Oslo Law Faculty’s Department of Public and International Law. She received the Lois Roth Award to expand this study. She was a 2016-2017 Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Center for Human Values and is now a post-doctoral research fellow at NYU Law. Her research interests include the study of lay participation in legal systems and lawyers’ trial preparation and strategy.


Prosecuting in the Shadow of the Jury, 113 Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019).

Strengthening the Civil Jury, California Litigation, Vol. 31 No. 3, (2018).

The Jury is Out: An Ethnographic Study of Lay Participation in the Norwegian Legal System, Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2018).

With Jurors in Mind: An Ethnographic Study of Prosecutors’ Narratives, Law, Culture and the Humanities, (2017).

Peer Review: Navigating Uncertainty in the United States Jury System, 6 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 169 (2016).

Trial processes, by Anna Offit in Callan (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Oxford, Wiley Blackwell (2018).

Review Essay: Giving Life to the Death Penalty. Political and Legal Anthropology Review, (Forthcoming 2018). Preview available at:

Book Review: The Humanities and Public Life. By Peter Brooks (ed.) with Hilary Jewett. Law & Society Review, Vol. 48, Issue 4, pp. 991-994, December 2014.

Karl Llewellyn and Realism Revisited, Section News, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, March 2013.

The Conscience and Culture of Prosecution: An Introduction, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 25, Issue 4, 2012.

Report on Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, April 2012, (contributing law clerk).

Ethical Guidance for a Grander Jury, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 2011.

Letter to the Editor, The Jury’s Duty When the Law Is Unfair, New York Times, December 22, 2011.