James Q. Whitman


Visiting Research Scholar

Home Institution, Yale Law School

LAPA Fellow, 2014-2015

LAPA Fellow

 412 Robertson Hall



James Q. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches comparative law, criminal law, art law and legal history.  He is the author of several books, including Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe (Oxford, 2004), The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial (Yale, 2008), and The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (Harvard, 2012). He has also published extensively in scholarly journals. Professor Whitman received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Following law school, Whitman clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has been a visiting professor at a number of American and foreign universities, and received fellowship support from a variety of prestigious American and foreign sources.  At Princeton, his project will examine the breakdown of the enforcement of social hierarchy in the making of modern legal and social forms.