Richard Lippke

Department Chair



IU Bloomington

Full Biography

Richard Lippke works at the intersection of philosophy, law, and criminology, where he writes about legal punishment, sentencing, criminal law and criminal procedure. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of Rethinking Imprisonment (Oxford University Press, 2007), The Ethics of Plea Bargaining (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Taming the Presumption of Innocence (Oxford University Press, 2016).


“Attempts and Renunciations,” Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2015)

“The Presumption of Innocence in the Trial Setting,” Ratio Juris (2015)

“Some Surprising Implications of Negative Retributivism,” Journal of Applied Philosophy (2014)

“Prosecutors: Experts or Elected Officials, in J. Ryberg and J. Roberts, Popular Punishment: On the Normative Significance of Public Opinion for Penal Theory (OUP 2014).

“Plea Bargaining in the Shadow of the Constitution,” Duquesne Law Review (2013)

“Justifying the Proof Structure of Criminal Trials,” International Journal of Evidence & Proof (2013)

“Chronic Temptation, Reasonable Firmness, and the Criminal Law,” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2013)

“Anchoring the Sentencing Scale: A Modest Proposal,” Theoretical Criminology (2012)

“Modifying Double Jeopardy,” New Criminal Law Review (2012)

“Social Deprivation as Tempting Fate,” Criminal Law and Philosophy (2011)

“Why Sex (Offending) Is Different,” Criminal Justice Ethics (2011)

“Retributive Sentencing, Multiple Offenders, and Bulk Discounts,” in Mark D. White, Retributivism: Essays in Theory and Policy (OUP 2011).