Benjamin Ewing

Visiting Assistant Professor


Benjamin Ewing joined the Duke Law faculty as a visiting assistant professor in July 2016. His principal teaching and research interests are in criminal law, tort law, and philosophy of law. Trained in political theory as well as law, he has sought in his work to unearth distinctively political foundations of individual responsibility in morality and law. He has authored or coauthored articles published in the Yale Law JournalLaw and Philosophy, the Journal of Tort Law, and the Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence.

Ewing was awarded a Ph.D. in Politics in September of 2016 from Princeton, where he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellow at the University Center for Human Values during the 2014-2015 academic year. In his dissertation, “Punishing Disadvantage: Culpability, Opportunity, and Responsibility,” he argues that criminals who have been the victims of interpersonal abuse or social injustice can be culpable for their crimes despite having lacked a fair opportunity to avoid them. As a result, they may lack a fair opportunity to avoid punishment and thus have a claim of fairness to punishment less harsh than their culpability would ordinarily license.

Before he began his graduate work at Princeton, Ewing earned a J.D. in 2011 from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow. In the fall of 2009 he served as a research assistant to Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to studying law at Yale, Ewing received an A.B. in Applied Mathematics-Economics in 2008 from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Ewing is admitted to practice law in New York State.