Gregg Patrick Strauss

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Gregg Strauss’ academic interests lie at the intersection of family law, constitutional law, philosophy of law, and political philosophy. His research investigates the legitimate uses of law to regulate deeply contested rights, with a particular focus on rights in intimate relationships.

Strauss holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a J.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif. He received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Emory University. While completing his dissertation at the University of Illinois, he taught Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Introduction to Ethics. Before joining the Duke Law Faculty as a visiting assistant professor, Strauss clerked for two years for Judges Barbara Crabb and William Conley in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Strauss’s PhD dissertation is titled “Basic rights and disagreement: Is persistent disagreement about basic rights a reason to specify rights by democratic procedures?” His other works include “Is Polygamy Inherently Unequal?” Ethics 122(3) (April 2012): 516-544; “Why the State Cannot Simply Abolish Marriage,” 90 Indiana L.J. (forthcoming 2015); “How Judicial Review Can Enhance Political Legitimacy” (work in progress); and “Interpreting Public Reason by Taking ‘Can Accept’ Seriously” (work in progress).