John J. Donohue

Stanford Law School
Lawyer; Economist; Educator; Academic institution administrator
Social and Behavioral Sciences


Professor John J. Donohue is the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the former Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is an economist and lawyer who has used large-scale statistical studies to estimate the impact of law and public policy in a wide range of areas, from civil rights and employment discrimination law to criminal justice issues ranging from the impact on crime of guns, incarceration, the death penalty, social programs, and the legalization of abortion. He recently co-authored Employment Discrimination: Law and Theory with George Rutherglen. Earlier in his career, he was a law professor at Northwestern University as well as a research fellow with the American Bar Foundation. Additionally, he clerked with Chief Justice T. Emmet Clarie, of the U.S. District Court of Hartford, Connecticut. He is the former editor of the American Law and Economics Review and president of the American Law and Economics Association.

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