Mary Sigler

Lincoln Professor of Law & Ethics

Mary Sigler’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of legal, moral and political philosophy. Her current research addresses the ethics of punishment, virtue politics, and the role of dignity and decency in legal liberalism. She teaches criminal law, jurisprudence, and various topics in moral and political theory.

Professor Sigler also has published articles addressing various aspects of the capital sentencing process, the role of emotions in legal decision making, and the operation of forgiveness, mercy and revenge as elements of justice.

Selected Works

Defensible Disenfranchisement, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1691 (2014).

The Political Morality of the Eighth Amendment, 8 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 403 (2011).

The Methodology of Desert, 42 Ariz. St. L. J. 1173 (2011).

Equity, Not Mercy, in The New Philosophy of Criminal Law (Chad Flanders & Zachary Hoskins eds., Rowman & Littlefield 2016).


Assistant: Rebecca Hutchison

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., History & Political Science, Arizona State University (1989)

M.A., Political Science, Arizona State University (1994)

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (2000)

Ph.D, Political Philos