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Whitman, James Q.

Senior Research Scholar


James Q. Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches Comparative Law, Criminal Law, and Legal History. He is the author of several books, including Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law (Princeton, 2017), Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe (Oxford, 2003), 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). His many articles include "The Two Western Cultures of Privacy: Dignity versus Liberty" published in the 2004 volume of the Yale Law Journal. Professor Whitman received a BA and a JD from Yale, an MA from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he was a pupil of the great historian Arnaldo Momigliano. He has been a visiting professor at a number of American and foreign universities, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.