Marc DeGirolami


  • Columbus School of Law
  • Expertise

  • Law and religion
  • Constitutional law
  • Tort law
  • Criminal law
  • Marc O. De Girolami is the inaugural St. John Henry Newman Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law and the Human Person. His publications include The Tragedy of Religious Freedom (Harvard University Press) and articles in the Yale Law Journal, Notre Dame Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, Legal Theory, and the Boston College Law Review, among others. He has written in the popular press for The New York Times, The New Republic, First Things, Commonweal, and Law and Liberty.

    Before joining the Columbus School of Law in 2024, he was the Cary Fields Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Mattone Center for Law and Religion at St. John’s Law School. He has also been a Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow at Princeton University's Department of Politics, as well as a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School and Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Before St. John's, he was a fellow at Columbia Law School. His professional experience includes service as an Assistant District Attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    He has taught Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Criminal Law, Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Inquiry, Jurisprudence, Law and Religion, Professional Responsibility, and Torts.


    Representative Scholarship


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



    "The Death and New Life of Law and Religion," Oxford Journal of Law & Religion (forthcoming)

    "Establishment as Tradition," 133 Yale Law Journal Forum 372 (2023).

    "Traditionalism Rising," 24 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 9 (2023).

    "Public-Private Drift and the Shattering Polity," 68 The American Journal of Jurisprudence 119 (2023).

    "Mysterizing Religion," 98 Notre Dame Law Review Reflection S108 (2023).

    "The New Disestablishments," 33 George Mason U. Civil Rights Journal 31 (2022).

    "Establishment’s Political Priority to Free Exercise," 97 Notre Dame Law Review 715 (2022).

    "The End of the Affair," 66 The American Journal of Jurisprudence 409 (2021) (review essay of Joel Harrison, Post-Liberal Religious Liberty: Forming Communities of Charity (2020)).

    "*Reconstructing Malice in the Law of Punitive Damages," 14 Journal of Tort Law 193 (2021).

    "First Amendment Traditionalism," 97 Washington University Law Review 1653 (2020).

    "The Traditions of American Constitutional Law," 95 Notre Dame Law Review 1123 (2020).