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

Daimler Fellow - Class of Spring 2022

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 and an inspiration for the Netflix documentary miniseries The Devil Next Door. His most recent book, Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Electoral Meltdown in 2020, published by Hachette six months before the 2020 Election, accurately predicted that President Trump would lose and yet refuse to concede defeat, blaming his loss on electoral fraud and sparking the first crisis of the peaceful transfer of power in American history. The book was the focus of substantial media attention in more than two-dozen nations.


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 numerous venues, including the New York TimesWashington 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.

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