John Mikhail is the Carroll Professor of Jurisprudence at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught since 2004.  He teaches and writes on a variety of topics, including constitutional law, moral psychology, moral and legal theory, cognitive science, legal history, criminal law, torts, international law, and human rights.

Professor Mikhail 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) and over forty articles, essays, and chapters in peer-edited journals, law reviews, and anthologies, including Ethics, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Mind & Language, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Law and History Review, Constitutional Commentary, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, and Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. 

Professor Mikhail’s scholarship is widely cited and has been discussed or referenced in Science, Nature, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The National Law Journal, Boston Review, Discover Magazine, Prospect Magazine, Der Spiegel, Il Sole 24 Ore, Tages-Anzeiger, and other popular magazines and newspapers.  He blogs at Balkinization and frequently comments on public affairs for CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and other media outlets. 

Professor Mikhail has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  He delivered a Green College Lecture at the University of British Columbia in 2012, the Rousseau Lectures at the University of Zurich in 2017, the Seegers Lecture at Valparaiso University in 2018, and a Plenary Lecture at the IVR World Congress in 2019.  He has been an invited speaker at annual meetings of the American Association of Law Schools, American Constitution Society, American Philosophical Association, American Society for Legal History, International Association for Computing and Philosophy, International Conference on Thinking, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and The Federalist Society.  Among other speaking engagements, he also has given invited lectures at Al-Quds University, Center for Advanced Studies LMU (Munich), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Indian Institute for Advanced Study (Shimla), Jessup Correctional Institution, MIT Technology and Culture Forum, National Institutes of Health, Princeton University Center for Human Values, Sante Fe Institute, and Yale University Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics.

Professor Mikhail received his B.A. from Amherst College, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University, and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Article Editor of the Stanford Law Review and Senior Submissions Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law. Before coming to Georgetown, he was a Lecturer and Research Affiliate in the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, and a judicial clerk to Judge Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Professor Mikhail served as Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs from 2017 to 2020 and Associate Dean for International and Transnational Programs from 2011 to 2013.  He holds secondary appointments in Georgetown’s Philosophy Department and Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science.

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Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Kevin P. Tobia & John Mikhail, Two Types of Empirical Textualism, 86 Brook. L. Rev. 461-487 (2021).
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John Mikhail, McCulloch v. Maryland, Slavery, the Preamble, and the Sweeping Clause, 36 Const. Comment. 131-148 (2021)(reviewing David S. Schwartz, The Spirit of the Constitution: John Marshall and the 200-year Odyssey of McCulloch v. Maryland (2021)).
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David S. Schwartz, Jonathan Gienapp, John Mikhail & Richard Primus, Symposium: The Federalist Constitution: Foreword, 89 Fordham L. Rev. 1669-1675 (2021).
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David S. Schwartz & John Mikhail, The Other Madison Problem, 89 Fordham L. Rev. 2033-2083 (2021).
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John Mikhail, Does Originalism Have a Natural Law Problem?, 39 Law & Hist. Rev. 361-367 (2021).
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