Gregg Strauss

  • Associate Professor of Law

Gregg Strauss joined the faculty in the summer of 2015 after two years as a visiting assistant professor at Duke Law School. His interests lie at the intersection of family law, jurisprudence and political philosophy. He writes about the limits of legitimate law in situations of fundamental disagreement, with an emphasis on familial relationships. His latest articles argue that the law has a legitimate reason for regulating adult relationships through marriage.

Strauss holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at Illinois, he taught Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Introduction to Ethics. Before law school, he received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he clerked for two years for Judges Barbara Crabb and William Conley in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.


  • Ph.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • J.D.
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A.
    Emory University

"What's Wrong with Obergefell," 40 Cardozo L. Rev. (forthcoming).

“The Positive Right to Marry,” Virginia L. Rev. (forthcoming).
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"Why the State Cannot 'Abolish Marriage,'" 90 Indiana L.J. 1261 (2015).
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"Is Polygamy Inherently Unequal?" 122 Ethics 516 (2012).

"Basic Rights and Disagreement: Is persistent disagreement about basic rights a reason to specify rights by democratic procedures?" Doctoral Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2013).​


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