B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Cornell; Ph.D., Cornell; J.D., Stanford
After graduating from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Article Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Professor Mikhail joined the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. He then served as a judicial clerk to Judge Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Professor Mikhail’s research and teaching are focused on constitutional law, criminal law, torts, human rights, jurisprudence, moral and legal philosophy, legal history, and cognitive science. Before attending law school, he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University and was a Lecturer and Research Affiliate in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at M.I.T. He is the author of Elements of Moral Cognition: Rawls’ Linguistic Analogy and the Cognitive Science of Moral and Legal Judgment (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback edition, 2013). He also has published articles in a wide range of academic journals, including Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Law and History Review, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Ethics, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science,and Psychology of Learning and Motivation.
Professor Mikhail has been a Visiting Scholar at
Book Chapters and Collected Works
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"A big Trump case hinges on the definition of ‘emoluments.’ A new study has bad news for him," coverage in The Washington Post, January 29, 2019, featuring Professor John Mikhail.
"Trump’s sons are running the business — and their big hotel expansion is at a standstill," coverage in The Washington Post, January 4, 2018, featuring Professor John Mikhail.
"California Republicans spent big bucks at Trump hotels, golf clubs and resorts," coverage by the Mercury News (San Jose, CA), December 18, 2018, quoting Professor John Mikhail.
"Saudis Admit Khashoggi Died at Consulate," coverage on CNN, October 20, 2018, featuring Professor John Mikhail.