Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Gregg Strauss’ principal academic interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy, philosophy of law, constitutional law and family law. His current research investigates the role of the judiciary in settling fundamental disagreements about basic rights and fulfilling the state’s obligation to respond to dissenting citizens.
Strauss received his J.D., summa cum laude, and Ph.D. in philosophy as part of a joint-degree program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Emory University, where he was a Woodruff Scholar.
Before joining the Duke Law faculty as a visiting assistant professor in the summer of 2013, Strauss clerked for Judges Barbara Crabb and William Conley in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. While at the University of Illinois, he taught Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Introduction to Ethics.
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 published works and works in progress include “Is Polygamy Inherently Unequal?” Ethics 122(3) (April 2012): 516-544; “How Judicial Review Can Enhance Political Legitimacy” (work in progress); “Interpreting Public Reason by Taking ‘Can Accept’ Seriously” (work in progress).