Ralph Grunewald

Position title: Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities

Email: grunewald@wisc.edu

Helen C. White Hall, Rm. 7163

Research Interests

Law and narrative, wrongful convictions, comparative criminal law and procedure, true crime, law and the humanities, justice and truth

Degrees and Institutions

  • Ref. Jur., Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany)
  • Assessor Jur., State of Bavaria (Germany)
  • Ph.D. Criminology/Criminal Law, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany)
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws), University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

Recent Publications


Narratives of Guilt and Innocence: The Power of Storytelling in Wrongful Conviction Cases, NYU Press 2023

Die De-Individualisierung des Erziehungsgedankens im Jugendstrafrecht, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2003. (“The De-Individualization of the Principle of Education in the Juvenile Court Act”)


“Forces Beyond Linear Reasoning: The Evidentiary Power of Narrative in Wrongful Conviction Cases”, in “Narratives in the Criminal Process”, Vittorio Klostermann (2021)

“Poetics of Injustice: The Case of Two Mockingbirds”, 26 Connotations Journal (2016/17)

“Reinventing the Trial: Evaluating Proposals to Modify the American Criminal Trial in the Wake of the Innocence Revolution” (Co-Authored with Marvin Zalman), 3 Texas A&M Law Review 189 (2015)

“Comparing Injustices: Congruence, Conflict, and the System”, 77 Albany Law Review 1139 (2014)

Courses Taught

Criminal Justice in America; Law and Literature; Guilt; Truth and Crime


New Book: Narratives of Guilt and Innocence