Catharine Wells is a Professor of Law and Law School Fund Research Scholar at Boston
College Law School, where she teaches and writes in various areas of legal theory,
including Pragmatic Legal Theory, Feminist Jurisprudence and Civil Rights Theory. In
addition, she teaches a class in American philosophy in College of Arts and Sciences. She
is a nationally recognized expert on Pragmatism and its relationship to American legal

Prof. Wells has taught at a number of law schools including those at the University of
Southern California, Stanford University, the University of Arizona and the University of
Utah. Her law review articles have been published in many journals including the Harvard
Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, University of Southern California Law Review, and
the Northwestern Law Journal. Her current work in progress is a book on Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Jr. 

Professor Wells has also held many positions of leadership within the academic community.
In addition to serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston College, she has
served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Torts and
Compensation Systems, and the Section on Teaching Methods. She has organized numerous
symposia including one on Neo-Pragmatism in American Law, which was published in the USC
Law Review. She has also been elected to membership in the American Law Institute.
Currently, she is working on a book about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and the pragmatic
tradition in American law. 

Prior to entering law teaching, Prof. Wells served as an Assistant Attorney General and
Director of the Division of Public Charities for the state of Massachusetts. In the area
of charities law, she has a national reputation based upon her service as past President
of the National Association of State Charities Officials, as an advisor to the
Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service with respect to Non-Profit Organizations;
and as a participant in many panels and symposia on non-profit law. 

Professor Wells received her law degree Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. She also
earned an MA and PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Her
dissertation was titled Peirce on Logic: the Phenomenological Bases of Normative Science.
Her undergraduate degree was received from Wellesley College. 



Microaggressions in the Context of an Academic Community, Seattle Journal for Social Justice (2013)

There has been much discussion of the concept of microaggressions in the legal literature. These...



Thoughts on Duncan Kennedy's Third Globalization, Comparative Law Review (2012)

This is a discussion of Duncan Kennedy's work on the historical development of three paradigms...



The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender and Tort Law, American Journal of Legal History (2012)


Langdell and the Invention of Legal Doctrine, Buffalo Law Review (2009)

This paper addresses two related questions.

The first relates to Langdell and his development of...



Holding Charities Accountable: Some Thoughts from an Ex-Regulator, Symposium, Toward a Publiv Policy Strategy for Nonprofit Governance and Accountability, organized by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Harvad Law School (2006)

This paper recounts a number of lessons learned in the course of serving as the...


Contributions to Books


Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and William James: The Bad Man and the Moral Life, The Path of the Law and its Influence: The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (2000)


Pragmatism, Honesty, and Integrity, Integrity and Conscience (1998)


Date Rape and the Law: Another Feminist View, Date Rape: Feminism, Philosophy, and the Law (1996)

Popular Press


Theorizing Injustice, Santa Clara Public Interest and Social Justice Conference (2014)
Moderator & Speaker, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia Symposium, Berekeley Jouranl of Gender, Law & Justice (2013)

Professor Wells participated in a symposium that examined the obstacles that female faculty of color...

Comments on Women's Stories, Law and Society Annual Meeting (2011)
Wiggins and Chamalis on Tort Law, Law and Society (2010)