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James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College

John P. Birkelund Fellow in the Humanities - Class of Spring 2021

Lawrence Douglas teaches in the department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College, where he holds the James J. Grosfeld chair. A graduate of Brown, Columbia, and Yale Law School, Douglas is the author of seven books, including the widely acclaimed Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (Yale, 2001) and The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial (Princeton, 2016), a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His most recent book, Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Electoral Meltdown in 2020, will be published by Hachette in May 2020. Douglas has also published two novels, The Catastrophist (2007), a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and The Vices (2011), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Prize. His commentary and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Harper’s, and he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian (US), where he is a contributing opinion writer.


Douglas has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Institute for International Education, and Carnegie Foundation. He has lectured throughout the United States and in more than a dozen countries, including as a visiting professor at the University of London and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

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