Professor Dan Markel, the D’Alemberte Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law, was a scholar-in-residence at the center during calendar year 2011.

Raised in Toronto, Markel studied politics and philosophy as an undergraduate at Harvard. He then did graduate work in political philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Cambridge, before returning to Harvard for his law degree, where he was an Olin Fellow and an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Markel was a research fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, a clerk for Judge Michael Daly Hawkins on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and an associate at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel in Washington, DC, where he practiced white-collar criminal defense and civil litigation in trial and appellate courts. He has taught at Florida State University since 2005.

Professor Markel teaches and writes about criminal law, procedure and policy. His scholarship tends to focus on extending insights from the realm of punishment theory to policy design in a number of legal areas, both inside and outside the criminal justice system. His book on criminal justice and the family, as well as his articles and essays, are available for download through his website, He is the founder of, a group blog for and by law professors. While at NYU, Professor Markel was co-convenor of the NYC Criminal Law Theory Colloquium with Michael Cahill of Brooklyn Law School.

Telephone: (202) 276-8200

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