Raff Donelson

Assistant Professor of Law

Raff Donelson's research and teaching focus on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and legal philosophy.

Professor Donelson’s more theoretical research interests include metaethics and general jurisprudence, while his doctrinal work focuses on constitutional protections for criminals and the accused. His scholarship is featured or forthcoming in law reviews (e.g. the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law), philosophy journals (e.g. Metaphilosophy), and edited collections by respected academic presses (e.g. Cambridge, Oxford). In 2017, Donelson was interviewed for Legal-Phi, an online venue featuring work on rising stars in the field of legal philosophy.

Prior to joining Dickinson Law, Professor Donelson was Assistant Professor of Law and Philosophy at Louisiana State University. There, Professor Donelson served on the advisory board for the LSU Institute for Ethics and directed the Philosophy Department’s program in Law, Ethics, and Social Justice.


Select Publications by Professor Donelson

Fuller and the Folk: The Inner Morality of Law Revisited” (with Ivar Hannikainen), in Oxford Studies in Experimental Philosophy, vol. 3 (Tania Lombrozo, Joshua Knobe & Shaun Nichols, eds. Oxford University Press)

Describing Law,” 33 Can. J. L. & Juris. 85 (2020)

Legal Inconsistencies,” 55 Tulsa L. Rev. 15 (2019)

Blacks, Cops, and the State of Nature,” 15 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 183 (2017)

 

Raff Donelson

Email  raff.donelson@psu.edu

Phone  717-241-3537

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Education
J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Ph.D., Northwestern University

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., Williams College


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Current Courses
Constitutional Law II

Criminal Procedure

Donelson's Publications

Reparations, Responsibility, and Formalism: A Reply to Carnes,” Philosophia (2020)

Daly v. Daly Commentary, in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Family Law Opinions. 162-170 (Rachel Rebouché, ed. Cambridge University Press 2020)

Fuller and the Folk: The Inner Morality of Law Revisited” (with Ivar Hannikainen), in Oxford Studies In Experimental Philosophy, Vol. 3. 6-28 (Tania Lombrozo, Joshua Knobe & Shaun Nichols, eds. Oxford University Press 2020)

Describing Law,” 33 Can. J. L. & Juris. 85 (2020)

The Nihilist,” in The Pragmatism and Prejudice of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 31-47 (Seth Vannatta, ed. Lexington Press 2019)

Legal Inconsistencies,” 55 Tulsa L. Rev. 15 (2019)

Review of The War on Neighborhoods: Policing, Prison, and Punishment in a Divided City,” Crim. L. & Crim. Just. Books (2019)

Three Problems with Metaethical Minimalism,” 34 SW. Phil. Rev. 125 (2018)

Review of The Age of Culpability: Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility,” 22 Metapsychology no. 52 (2018)

Review of Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity,” 22 Metapsychology no. 2 (2018)

Who are the Punishers?” 86 UMKC L. Rev. 259 (2017)

Blacks, Cops, and the State of Nature,” 15 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 183 (2017)

Rorty’s Promise in Metaethics,” 14 Contemp. Pragmatism 292 (2017)

Ethical Pragmatism,” 48 Metaphilosophy 383 (2017)

Cruel and Unusual What? Toward a Unified Definition of Punishment,” 9 Wash. U. Juris. Rev. 1 (2016)

Review of Practicing Philosophy as Experiencing Life,” 13 Contemp. Pragmatism 445 (2016)