|Education||Yale University (B.A., 1980)|
Columbia University (M.A., 1982)
University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1987)
Yale Law School (J.D., 1988)
|Thesis||Rule of Roman Law in Romantic Germany, 1790-1860 (1987)|
|Doctoral advisor||Arnaldo Momigliano|
|Sub-discipline||Comparative Law, Comparative Legal History|
|Institutions||Stanford University, Yale University|
|Main interests||Legal history|
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. 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. Neoconservative scholar Joshua Muravchik dismissed the book as mere reductio ad Hitlerum.
- The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War. Harvard University Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-674-06714-1.
- The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial. Yale University Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-300-11600-7.
- Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe. Oxford University Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-19-518260-6.
- "The Two Western Cultures of Privacy: Dignity versus Liberty", Yale Law Journal, Vol. 113, April 2004
- The Legacy of Roman Law in the German Romantic Era: Historical Vision and Legal Change, Princeton University Press, 1990, ISBN 978-0-691-05560-2
- Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. Princeton University Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0691172422
- Hitler’s American Model - The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law. Princeton University Press.
- Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration. Aeon, 13 December 2016
- James Q. Whitman Page. Yale Law School website.
- James Q. Whitman Page. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Website.
- Professors James Whitman ’88 and John Witt ’99 Win Guggenheim Fellowships. April 19, 2010.
- McLemee, Scott (March 8, 2017). "Taking on the Alt-Reich". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
- Guo, Jeff (May 19, 2017). "The Nazis as students of America's worst racial atrocities". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-21.
- Muravchik, Joshua (9 March 2017). "Did American Racism Inspire the Nazis?". Mosaic Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "Five professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences". Yale News. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
- 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.
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