Professor Kerrel Murray

Kerrel Murray

  • Associate Professor of Law

J.D., Stanford Law School
B.A., University of Georgia

Areas of Specialty

Constitutional Law
Law and Democracy
Race and the Law

Kerrel Murray teaches and writes about constitutional law (with a particular interest in Reconstruction), election law, and race and the law, among other topics. His scholarship interrogates what democracy demands of our legal rules and institutions as well as the role of law in mediating conflict and disagreement. In 2023, he was named the Yale Law Journal's Emerging Scholar of the Year.

Before joining Columbia Law School in 2021, he completed a two-year fellowship as a post-doc research associate at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to that, Murray served as a fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he co-authored amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple state supreme courts. He was also an associate in Covington & Burling’s Washington, D.C., office, where he focused on complex civil litigation. He clerked for then-Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, for Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in her first Term on the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • “Discriminatory Taint," 135 HARV. L. REV. 1190 (2022)
  • “Populist Prosecutorial Nullification,” 96 N.Y.U. L. REV. 173 (2021)
  • “Good Will Hunting: How the Supreme Court’s Hunter Doctrine Can Still Shield Minorities from Political-Process Discrimination,” Note, 66 STAN. L. REV. 443 (2014)

Honors and Awards

Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, University of North Carolina School of Law


Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award Recipient Runner-up


American Constitution Society’s Constance Baker Motley National Writing Competition


Affiliate, Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center

Yale Law Journal Emerging Scholar of the Year (Volume 132)


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