Deborah Hellman

D. Lurton Massee Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law


Deborah Hellman is the D. Lurton Massee Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is the author of When is Discrimination Wrong? (Harvard Univ. Press, 2008) and co-editor of The Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013).  In addition to discrimination theory, she writes about the relationship between money and legal rights, especially political rights.  Her articles in this area include, among others, A Theory of Bribery, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2828840, Defining Corruption and Constitutionalizing Democracy, 111 Mich. L. Rev. 1385 (2013), and Money Talks But It Isn’t Speech, 95 Minn. L. Rev. 953 (2011). 

Hellman was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2005-06) and the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow in Ethics at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (2004-05). She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in 1999 and was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2007-08 and at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2011.  Before joining the faculty at Virginia, Hellman taught at the University of Maryland School of Law.