James Whitman

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James Whitman
OccupationProfessor, writer
AwardsGuggenheim Fellow
Academic background
EducationYale University (B.A., 1980)
Columbia University (M.A., 1982)
University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1987)
Yale Law School (J.D., 1988)
ThesisRule of Roman Law in Romantic Germany, 1790-1860 (1987)
Doctoral advisorArnaldo Momigliano
Academic work
Sub-disciplineComparative Law, Comparative Legal History
InstitutionsStanford University, Yale University
Main interestsLegal history

James Q. Whitman is an American lawyer and Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale University.[1]

He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. and a J.D., from Columbia University with a M.A., and from the University of Chicago with a Ph.D. He was a Guggenheim Fellow.[2][3] In 2015, he was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)

Whitman's 2017 book, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law, received critical acclaim.[4][5] Neoconservative scholar Joshua Muravchik dismissed the book as mere reductio ad Hitlerum.[6]

In 2017, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AASS).[7]



  1. ^ James Q. Whitman Page. Yale Law School website.
  2. ^ James Q. Whitman Page. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Website.
  3. ^ Professors James Whitman ’88 and John Witt ’99 Win Guggenheim Fellowships. April 19, 2010.
  4. ^ McLemee, Scott (March 8, 2017). "Taking on the Alt-Reich". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  5. ^ Guo, Jeff (May 19, 2017). "The Nazis as students of America's worst racial atrocities". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  6. ^ Muravchik, Joshua (9 March 2017). "Did American Racism Inspire the Nazis?". Mosaic Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Five professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences". Yale News. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  8. ^ Ira Katznelson. "What America Taught the Nazis; In the 1930s, the Germans were fascinated by the global leader in codified racism—the United States". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 22 October 2017. November 2017 Issue