Ron Den Otter




  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Political Theory

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​Classes Taught

American Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Jurisprudence, American Government, Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Issues in American Politics, Constitutional Theory, and Judicial Process


  • Books
    • "Beyond same-sex marriage: Perspectives on marital possibilities," Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016
    • "In Defense of Plural Marriage," New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015
    • "Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism," New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Articles
    • “The Importance of Constitutional Public Reason,” in Public Reason and Courts, ed. Silje Aambo Langvatn, Mattias Kumm, Wojciech Sadurski (Cambridge University Press, 2020), 66-89.

    • “A Perfectionist Argument for Legal Recognition of Polyamorous Relationships,” in Philosophical Foundations of Children’s and Family Law, ed. Elizabeth Brake and Lucinda Ferguson (Oxford University Press, 2018), 95-114. 

    • “Three May Not Be a Crowd: The Case for a Constitutional Right to Plural Marriage,” Emory Law Journal 64 (2015), 1977-2046.
    • "Can a Liberal Take His Own Side in an Argument? The Case for John Rawls's Idea of Political Liberalism," Saint Louis Law Journal 49 (2005), 319-366.
      • Reprinted in "John Rawls and the Law"  
    • "The Place of Moral Judgment in Constitutional Interpretation," Indiana Law Review 37 (2004), 375-416.
    • "Democracy, Not Deference: An Egalitarian Theory of Judicial Review," Kentucky Law Journal 91 (2002-03), 615-666.

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