Marc O. DeGirolami

Cary Fields Professor of LawCo-Director, Center for Law and Religion
A.B., Duke UniversityM.A., Harvard UniversityJ.D., Boston University School of LawLL.M., J.S.D.,Columbia University School of Law

Professor DeGirolami has research interests in law and religion, freedom of speech, constitutional law, jurisprudence, tort law, and criminal law. His book, The Tragedy of Religious Freedom, was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. His papers have been or will be published in various law journals including Notre Dame Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Stanford Law and Policy Review, Constitutional Commentary, Legal Theory, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Boston College Law Review, San Diego Law Review, Alabama Law Review, and St. John's Law Review, among others. He has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, First Things, Commonweal, and The Library of Law and Liberty. He is the Cary Fields Professor of Law and the Co-director of the Center for Law and Religion.

Following law school, Professor DeGirolami clerked for Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and Judge Jerome Farris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His professional experience includes service as an Assistant District Attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Prior to joining the St. John's faculty, he was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and Visiting Assistant Professor and Scholar in Residence at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 2019, in the Department of Politics' James Madison Program, and a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School in Spring 2020. He will be a Visiting Professor at Princeton University in Spring 2023, in the Department of Politics.

At St. John's, he teaches Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Criminal Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Religion, Professional Responsibility, and Torts.


The Tragedy of Religious Freedom (Harvard University Press 2013).

Book Chapters

The Two Separationsin The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty (Michael Breidenbach & Owen Anderson, eds.), Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2020).

On the Uses of anti-Christian Identity Politicsin Religious Freedom, LGBT Rights, and the Prospects for Common Ground (William Eskridge & Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds.), Cambridge University Press (2018).    

The Bloating of the Constitution: Equality and the U.S. Establishment Clause, in The Social Equality of Religion or Belief (Alan Carling, ed.), Palgrave Macmillan (2016).

The Punishment Jurist, in Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law (Markus Dubber, ed.), Oxford University Press (2014).

The Choice of Evils and the Collisions of Theory, in  Retributivism: Essays on Theory and Policy (Mark D. White, ed.), Oxford University Press (2011).

Articles & Essays

Establishment’s Political Priority to Free Exercise, 97 Notre Dame L. Rev. --- (forthcoming 2022)

Reconstructing Malice in the Law of Punitive Damages, 14 J. Tort Law --- (forthcoming 2021)

The End of the Affair, 66 American J. Jurisprudence --- (forthcoming 2021)

First Amendment Traditionalism, 97 Washington University L. Rev. 1653 (2020).

The Traditions of American Constitutional Law, 95 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1123 (2020).

The Sickness Unto Death of the First Amendment, 42 Harvard J. Law & Pub. Pol’y 751 (2019).

Religious Accommodation, Religious Tradition, and Political Polarization, 20 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1127 (2017).

Substantial Burdens Imply Central Beliefs, 2016 Illinois L. Rev. Online 19.

Virtue, Freedom, and the First Amendment, 91 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1465 (2016).

Free Exercise by Moonlight, 53 San Diego L. Rev. 105 (2016).

Constitutional Contraction: Religion and the Roberts Court, 26 Stanford L. & Policy Rev. 385 (2015).

Judge Posner, Judge Wilkinson, and Judicial Critique of Constitutional Theory (with Kevin C. Walsh), 90 Notre Dame L. Rev. 633 (2015).

Against Theories of Punishment: The Thought of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen,  9 Ohio St. J. Criminal L. 699 (2012) (selected for inclusion in volume on punishment and culpability). 

The Handmaid of Politics, 26 J.L. & Religion 101 (2010-2011).

The Vanity of Dogmatizing, 27 Constitutional Commentary 201 (2010).

The Excitement of Interdictory Ideas, 8 Ohio St. J. Criminal L. 155 (2010).

No Tears for Creon, 15 Legal Theory 245 (2009).

Culpability in Creating the Choice of Evils, 60 Alabama L. Rev. 597 (2009).

The Problem of Religious Learning, 49 Boston College L. Rev. 1213 (2008).

Faith in the Rule of Law, 82 St. John's L. Rev. 573 (2008).

Recoiling From Religion, 43 San Diego L. Rev. 619 (2006).

The New Religious Prisons and Their Retributivist Commitments, 59 Arkansas L. Rev. 1 (2006).

Congressional Threats of Removal Against Federal Judges, 10 Texas J. on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights 111 (2005).

In Progress