Jeffrey B. Abramson

  • Professor of Government; Professor of Law


  • PhD Harvard
  • JD Harvard
  • BA Amherst College

Areas of Specialty

Jeffrey Abramson is Professor of Law and Government and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, the jury, and political theory. He is the author of We, the Jury: the Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy (Harvard 2000) as well as numerous law review articles. His newest book (Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought) became available spring of 2009 (Harvard UP). Professor Abramson clerked for Rose Bird, the late Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and served as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts. He has recently completed an assignment as a court-appointed jury expert for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Massachusetts. Professor Abramson also teaches courses in the Department of Government in political theory.

Recent Publications

  • Four Models of Jury Democracy [Symposium: Jury and Lay Participation: American Perspective and Global Trend], 90 Chicago-Kent Law Review 861 (2015). View Article
  • Second-Order Diversity Revisited [Symposium: The Civil Jury as a Political Institution], 55 William & Mary Law Review 739 (2014). View Article
  • Networks and Citizenship: Using Technology for Civic Innovation, Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society, 2012.

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