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Katharine Jackson

Assistant Professor of Law

Full-Time Faculty

School of Law


Email: Katharine Jackson
Keller Hall, Rm. 422


Professor Jackson joined the University of Dayton as an Assistant Professor in August 2021. Prior to her appointment, she served as the DeOlazarra Fellow in Political Philosophy, Politics and Law at the University of Virginia. After practicing corporate and commercial litigation in Delaware for about seven years, Professor Jackson earned her Ph.D. in Political Theory at Columbia University in 2019. She received a J.D. at the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 2005 and an LLM in transnational business law at Temple University in 2011.

Professor Jackson’s research explores the intersections of law, politics and economics. Taking advantage of the ontological and normative bridge that law forms between democratic states and economic actors, it asks how our moral commitments - both legal and political - both intervene in, and are driven by, markets and market actors. For example, her dissertation, Corporate Autonomy: Law, Constitutional Democracy and Big Business, examines the rights and internal governance of business corporations in constitutional liberal democracies. Her interest in political economy also addresses the nature and legitimacy of the public administration meant to hold corporations to their liberal democratic obligations.


Ph.D., with distinction, Columbia University
L.L.M. in Transnational Law, Faculty Award, Temple University
J.D., William & Mary
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Teaching Interests

Contracts & Secured Transactions
Business Organizations
Legal Theory and Critical Democratic Theory

Selected Publications

All the Sovereign's Agents: The Constitutional Credentials of Administration, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (forthcoming 2021)

Disaggregating Corpus Christi: The Illiberal Implications of Hobby Lobby’s Right to Free Exercise, 14 First Amendment Law Review 376 (2016)

Towards a Stakeholder-Shareholder Theory of Corporate Governance: A Comparative Analysis, 7 Hastings Bus. L. J. 309 (2011)