Jamie Mayerfeld (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1992) is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington. He specializes in political theory and human rights. In his current book project he argues that constitutional democracy is incomplete unless domestic human rights institutions are bolted into a system of international guarantees. In developing this argument, he has published articles on the International Criminal Court, the origins of the US torture policy, and the justification of human rights. In the past he has written about nationalism, violent conflict, and moral theory. His book Suffering and Moral Responsibility was published in 1999 by Oxford University Press. Mayerfeld has received fellowships from Columbia Law School, Princeton University, and the University of Washington Center for the Humanities. He holds an adjunct position in the Law, Societies & Justice program and serves as the Seattle campus advisor to the Human Rights Minor.
Mayerfeld has taught courses on the history of political thought, democratic theory, contemporary theories of justice, nationalism, human rights law, theories of human rights, and the philosophy of punishment.