Jeffrey B. Abramson

  • Professor of Government; Professor of Law



  • Minerva's Owl: The Tradition of Western Political Thought (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009).
  • We, The Jury: The Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy (2nd ed. Harvard University Press, 2000; Basic Books, 1994; rev. ed. 1995).
  • Postmortem: The O.J. Simpson Case: Justice Confronts Race, Domestic Violence, Money, Lawyers, and the Media (ed., Basic Books, 1996).
  • The Electronic Commonwealth: The Impact of New Media Technologies on Democratic Values (Basic Books, 1988) (with Christopher Arterton & Gary Orren).
  • Liberation and Its Limits: The Moral and Political Thought of Sigmund Freud (Beacon Press, 1986 revised ed.; Free Press, 1984).


  • Searching for Reputation: Reconciling Free Speech and the Right to be Forgotten, 17 North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology 1 (2015).
  • 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
  • Data, Race, and the Courts: Some Lessons on Empiricism from Jury Representation Cases, 2011 Michigan State Law Review 911 (2012) (with Mary Rose). View Article
  • Networks and Citizenship: Using Technology for Civic Innovation, Aspen Institute Forum on Communications and Society, 2012.
  • Anger at Angry Jurors [Symposium: The 50th Anniversary of 12 Angry Men], 82 Chicago-Kent Law Review 591 (2007). View Article
  • Spoiled? Or Just a Little Bit Cracked?, Chicago Tribune, April 9, 2006. View Article/a>
  • Death-is-Different Jurisprudence and the Role of the Capital Jury, 2 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 117 (2004). View Article
  • A Story the Jury Never Heard, New York Times, February 26, 2000.
  • The Jury and Popular Culture, 50 DePaul Law Review 497 (2000).
  • Are Courts Getting Too Creative?, New York Times, March 11, 1999.
  • Public Health and the Law, Washington Post, January 31, 1999.
  • Shaming White Collar Offenders, Federal Sentencing Reporter, July/August 1999, at 12.
  • A Senate Trial Can Be Both Political and Fair, New York Times, December 19, 1998.
  • Two Ideals for Jury Deliberation, 1998 University of Chicago Legal Forum 125 (1998).
  • Political Philosophy and the Jury, in American Philosophical Society Newsletter (Spring 1997).


  • Justice Takes a Stand, 89 Texas Law Review 653 (2011) (reviewing Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, by Michael J. Sandel). View Article
  • Ronald Dworkin and the Convergence of Law and Political Philosophy, 65 Texas Law Review 1201 (1987) (reviewing Law's Empire, by Ronald Dworkin).


  • The Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed.; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) (contributor).
  • Jury, in Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (Macmillan Reference USA/Thomson Gale, October 2008).
  • Jury Deliberation: Fair and Foul, in Jury Ethics, 181 (John Kleinig & James P. Levine, eds., Paradigm, 2006).
  • Teaching Civil Liberties as a Branch of Political Theory: Tolerance versus Respect, in Law in the Liberal Arts, 140 (Austin, Sarat, ed., Cornell University Press, 2004).
  • Ideals of Democratic Justice, in The End of Tolerance?, 98 (Alfred Herrhausen Society for International Dialogue, Nicholas Brealey, 2002).
  • Juries and Local Justice, in Liberal Modernism and Democratic Individuality: George Kateb and the Practices of Politics (Austin Sarat & Dana R. Villa, eds., Princeton University Press, 1997).
  • Free Speech and Community Values, in The New Communitarian Philosophy (Amitai Etzioni, ed., University of Virginia Press, 1995).

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