UCLA has a tradition of strength in law and philosophy. Physical proximity is not the only way in which the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Philosophy Department maintain close ties. Three UCLA faculty (Mark Greenberg, Barbara Herman, Seana Shiffrin) have joint appointments and Herb Morris maintains an active presence in the school. Three other law school faculty members have doctorates in philosophy and at least four other faculty members have advanced degrees in related fields. Others do research that draws on legal theory and philosophy. Our law and philosophy faculty is clearly one of the strongest in the nation.  

Below is a list of the faculty involved with the specialization:

Faculty Director - alternates each year between Law and Philosophy faculty.

Seana Shiffrin is the faculty director of the Law and Philosophy Program. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Law. Her research addresses issues in contracts, freedom of speech, constitutional law, intellectual property, criminal law, torts and family law. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an associate editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs, and serves on the editorial board of Legal Theory. She was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she earned both her B.Phil. and D.Phil. in philosophy. Professor Shiffrin received the Fred Berger Memorial Prize for her article "Paternalism, Unconscionability Doctrine, and Accommodation." Shiffrin received a Bachelor's degree from Berkeley, Bachelor's and Doctorate degrees in philosophy from Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard.

Core Faculty

Asli Ü. Bâli is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. She teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and a seminar on the Laws of War. She joins the UCLA faculty from the Yale Law School where she was the Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law and Coordinator of the Middle East Legal Forum. A graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, where she was a Herchel Smith Scholar, and the Yale Law School, she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and as an articles editor of the Yale Journal of Human Rights & Development.  Bâli also hold a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

Joshua Dienstag focuses his work on the intersection of politics with time, history, memory and narrative. Originally from New York City, he received his doctorate from Princeton University and taught at the University of Virginia for 13 years before moving to UCLA. His research focuses largely on European political theory between the 17th and 19th centuries but he has also written about the American Founding, Don Quixote and Wittgenstein. His articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Polity, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, History & Memory and New Literary History among other places. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center on Constitutional Government at Harvard University.

David Dolinko holds a doctorate in Philosophy from UCLA, in addition to a law degree. At the law school, he teaches various courses and seminars on such topics as criminal law, the status of moral rights, problems of legal ethics, the nature of punishment, and the morality of capital punishment. In 1998 he received the School of Law's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sharon Dolovich focuses her research on the law, policy and theory of prisons and punishment. She holds a doctorate in political theory from Cambridge University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She teaches in the areas of prison law, criminal law and legal ethics.

Stephen Gardbaum focuses his scholarship on comparative constitutional law, federalism, and the foundations of liberal legal and political theory. His current research is on the comparative structure of constitutional rights. He teaches courses in constitutional law, European Union Law, comparative law and international human rights. He holds a Ph.D. in political theory from Columbia, in addition to his law degree from Yale University and a Masters of Science in Sociology and Politics from the University of London.

Mark Greenberg has a joint appointment in the law school and the philosophy department. From 2000 to 2004, he was a member of the philosophy department at Princeton University, where he taught philosophy of mind, ethics, and philosophy of law. He received the Fred Berger Memorial Prize for his article, "How Facts Make Law." He was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where he earned both his B.Phil. and D.Phil. in philosophy.

Barbara Herman is the Griffin Professor of Philosophy at the UCLA Department of Philosophy. She teaches and writes on moral philosophy, Kant's ethics, and the history of ethics, as well as social and political philosophy. She has published widely in moral philosophy. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University in philosophy.

Pamela Hieronymi teaches in the Philosophy Department, offering graduate and undergraduate courses in ethics, metaethics, practical reasoning, free will and moral responsibility, and the philosophy of action.  Her present research investigates our responsibility for and agency over our own minds.   She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University.

A.J. Julius teaches moral and political theory in the philosophy department. He's writing about liberty, equality, and democracy; contractualism in ethics and politics; collective practical reason; and several problems in economic theory.

Herbert Morris is an emeritus professor with joint appointments at the UCLA Departments of Philosophy and UCLA Law. He has recently taught Criminal Law at the law school, and a seminar in Law, Literature and Moral Emotions. A nationally recognized philosopher of law, Professor Morris has lectured and written widely on moral philosophy.  He received his LL.B. from Yale University in 1954 and his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford in 1956. The Law and Philosophy Program's bi-annual public lecture, the Herbert Morris Lecture in Law and Philosophy, is named in his honor. 

Stephen Munzer teaches courses and seminars in legal philosophy and biotechnology. He studied philosophy at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his J.D. from Yale in 1972. The American Philosophical Association awarded him the David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship for 1997-98 and the Fred Berger Memorial Prize for his article, "Ellickson on 'Chronic Misconduct' in Urban Spaces: Of Panhandlers, Bench Squatters, and Day Laborers" in 1999. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 1991.

Affiliated Faculty (Law)

Richard Abel
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Peter Arenella
Taimie Bryant 
Devon Carbado
Kimberle Crenshaw
Cheryl Harris
Jerry Kang
Maximo Langer
Christine Littleton
Jennifer Mnookin
Neil W Netanel 
Frances Olsen
Kirk Stark
Noah Zatz

Affiliated Faculty (Philosophy)

Calvin Normore


For general information about the Law and Philosophy Program, email Rachel Estrada at estrada@law.ucla.edu.