Ryan David Doerfler

Assistant Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Ryan Doerfler teaches in the areas of legislation and administrative law.  His research focuses on questions of statutory and constitutional interpretation, drawing on contemporary work in philosophy of action and philosophy of language.  He is also interested in various doctrinal puzzles in administrative law and federal courts.  Prior to joining the faculty at Penn, Doerfler was a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.  Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Sandra L. Lynch for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Doerfler earned a J.D. and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. He also received a B.A. in philosophy from Wake Forest University.


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