Doni Gewirtzman

Professor of Law

Doni Gewirtzman

Doni Gewirtzman is an expert in constitutional law and theory.  His scholarship focuses on the intersection between constitutional law and different areas of social science, including voter ignorance, the role of emotion in decision-making, and complex adaptive systems theory. His work has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the California Law Review, the American University Law Review, among other journals.  He received New York Law School’s annual teaching award from the graduating classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012, and is the Co-Director of the school’s Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching (IELT).  He has also taught at Vanderbilt Law School, the New York University School of Law’s Lawyering Program, and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre.  Before entering academia, he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison and a Skadden Fellow at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.    He attended the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, received his B.A. with High Honors from Wesleyan University, and served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.


Complex Experimental Federalism, 63 Buffalo Law Review 241(2015).

The Seussian Dead Hand (Symposium Concluding Remarks: Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss), 58 NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL LAW REVIEW 701-705 (2013-2014).

Lower Court Constitutionalism: Circuit Court Discretion in a Complex Adaptive System, 61 American University Law Review 457 (2012).

Reflections on Substance and Form in the Civil Rights Classroom, 54 Saint Louis University Law Journal 783 (2010).

Our Founding Feelings: Emotion, Commitment, and Imagination in Constitutional Culture, 43 University of Richmond Law Review 623 (2009).

Glory Days: Popular Constitutionalism, Nostalgia, and the True Nature of Constitutional Culture, 93 Georgetown Law Journal 897 (2005).

Symposium: Civil Rights Law in Transition, 27 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1109 (2000) (transcript of speech)

‘Make Your Own Kind of Music’: Queer Student Groups and the First Amendment, 86 California Law Review 1131 (1998).


The Future of Gay Marriages, San Francisco Chronicle, (January 31, 1996) (op-ed).