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Doni Gewirtzman

Professor of Law
Co-Dean for Faculty Scholarship

Doni Gewirtzman

Professor of Law
Co-Dean for Faculty Scholarship

Doni Gewirtzman is a Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he teaches courses in constitutional law, legislation and regulation, and law and democracy. 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, and the American University Law Review, among other journals. He has also provided legal commentary on constitutional law-related issues for numerous media outlets, including CNN and the BBC.  He is a three-time recipient of New York Law School’s annual teaching award, serves as the Co-Director of the school’s Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching (IELT), and 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 was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.


‘Vital Tissues of the Spirit’: Constitutional Emotions in the Antebellum United States, The Routledge Research Companion to Law and the Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America, (Nan Goodman & Simon Stern, eds.) (book chapter) (2017).

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 High Power of the Lower Courts, Public Books (December 7, 2016) (here)

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