Christopher D. Berk

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. My teaching and research center on the law, politics, and political theory of punishment. Before coming to Mason, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Program in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law at the University of Virginia.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2016. I’m also the graduate of a joint degree program, the M.L.S., at the University of Chicago Law School. My CV is available here.

My book Democracy in Captivity: Prisoners, patients, and the limits of self-government (University of California Press) has a release date of August 2023. As of April, it’s available for pre-order at UCPress and Amazon for $35. For a discount on this price, use the code linked here.


Contact information

Aquia Building, Room 331
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

cberk [at] gmu [dot] edu