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Darren Hutchinson

Professor of Law and John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice

Areas of Expertise

Abortion and Reproductive Rights, Affirmative Action, Bill of Rights, Citizenship, Civil Rights,Constitutional Law, Executive Powers, Federal Courts, Fifteenth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Gay Rights, LGBT Issues, Presidential Powers, Section 1983 Suits, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Orientation, Transgender Rights, Voting Rights


Darren Lenard Hutchinson is the Emory University School of Law inaugural John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice. He joined the faculty on July 1, 2021.

Civil rights and social justice are the central foci of Hutchinson’s research, teaching, administrative work, and community engagement. He is widely known among legal academics and scholars in other fields for the rigor of his work and his sustained commitment to analyzing and remedying inequality.

Hutchinson’s pioneering research crosses many academic disciplines and looks at the impact of law on a wide range of civil rights and social justice issues. His scholarship emphasizes the importance of viewing inequality as a multidimensional concept. Hutchinson’s current research continues to shine light on the complexity of subordination.

Before joining Emory Law, he served as the Raymond & Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. 

Hutchinson’s scholarship has appeared in many prestigious journals, including the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review (forthcoming), Cornell Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Washington University Law Review.   

Before joining Levin College of Law, Hutchinson held tenured faculty positions at American University Washington College of Law and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. He received a JD from Yale Law School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Following law school, he was a litigation associate at the New York City office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He also served as law clerk to the late Honorable Mary Johnson Lowe, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Education: JD, Yale Law School, 1993; BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1990