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University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D., Philosophy

Dissertation: "Repairing Reparative Justice"

Advisors: Anita L. Allen & Samuel Freeman

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., with Honors

University College London

M.A., with Distinction, Philosophy

Thesis: "On Being Tolerant"

Advisor: Michael Otsuka

John Jay College (CUNY)

B.S., with Honors, Criminal Justice


2019 -  2020  Judicial Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Richmond, VA

2018 - 2019   Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Philadelphia, PA

2017 - 2018   Law Clerk, Goodman & Hurtwitz, PC, Detroit, MI

2016              Summer Law Clerk, Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Montgomery, AL

2015 - 2016   Pro Bono Volunteer, Civil Rights Litigation Clearing House, Ann Arbor, MI

2013 - 2015   Analyst & Researcher, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Philadelphia, PA



2023 - 2024 Laurence S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow, Princeton University  


2020 - 2021 Research Scholar, University of Michigan Law School


2016 - 2017  Race, Law, and History Fellowship, University of Michigan

2016             Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice, National Lawyers Guild

2016             Public Interest Fellowship, University of Michigan Law School

2015 - 2018  Dean’s Scholarship, University of Michigan Law School

2014 - 2015  Geo L. Harrison Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

2012 - 2015  William Fontaine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2012 - 2015  Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania                                        

2012 - 2013  Mack Family Foundation Fellow, University of Pennsylvania




Fryer, Daniel “Inter-American Philosophy: Born of Struggle?” In Philosophizing the Americas: An Inter-American Discourse, edited by Jacoby A. Carter and Hernando Arturo Estevez. Fordham University Press (2024).


Fryer, Daniel Idealizing Abolition 17 Criminal Law and Philosophy 553-52 (2023).

Fryer, Daniel “Which America?: Judge Roger L. Gregory and the Tradition of African-American Political Thought” 78 Washington & Lee Law Review 1087-1101 (2021). 

Fryer, Daniel Race, Reform, & Progressive Prosecution 110 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 769-802 (2020).


Review of Brandon Hogan, Michael Cholbi, Alex Madva, and Benjamin S. Yost's The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives, 134 Ethics 290-295 (2024). 

Review of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Andrew S. Curran's Who's Black and Why?: A Hidden Chapter From the Eighteenth-Century Invention of Race, in The Washington Post (April 2022).   

Review of Michael Eric Dyson's Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America, in The Washington Post (Dec. 2021).

Review of Randall Kennedy's Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture, in The Washington Post (Sept. 2021).

Selected Presentations

Comments on Neil Roberts's Policing's Unfreedom. American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (NOMOS). Cambridge, MA: September 30, 2022. 

“Law, Ethics, and Black Political Thought.” Dartmouth Ethics Institute. Hanover, NH: April 22, 2022. 

What's the Point of Reparation?” Harvard's Law and Philosophy Workshop. Cambridge, MA: April 6, 2022.

“The Problems with Prosecutorial Leniency.” William & Mary's Symposium on Mass Incarceration. Williamsburg, VA: March 4, 2022 (zoom). 

“The Idea(l) of Abolition.” IHS's Workshop on Policing and Political Philosophy. Washington, DC: October 17, 2021 (zoom).

“Race, Reform, and Progressive Prosecution.” Northwestern Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology Symposium. Chicago, IL: February 27, 2020.

“Poverty and Criminal Prosecutions.” UPenn’s Integrated Studies Program. Philadelphia, PA: March 14, 2019. 


Roundtable Discussion: “In the Archives: Black Radical Thought.” Michigan Institute for the Humanities. Ann Arbor, MI: February 9, 2018. 

“Phantom Trials.” Michigan’s Race, Law, and History Proseminar. Ann Arbor, MI: April 5, 2017.


“On William Fontaine’s Political Philosophy” Department of Philosophy, Morgan State University. Baltimore,

MD: November 8, 2016.

“William Fontaine and the American Race Problem.” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

Grand Rapids, MI: March 5-7, 2015.


"Margaret Cavendish on Religious Toleration." Women in the History of Philosophy Workshop. University of

Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA: September 13, 2014.


"A (Grad Student's) Perspective on the Importance of Role Models and Faculty Diversity." Minorities and

Philosophy (MAP) Workshop. Philadelphia, PA: March 7, 2014.


“Supermax, Punishment, and the African-American Community.” Society for the Study of Africana

 Philosophy. New York, NY: November 17, 2013.


“Was Alain Locke a ‘wishy-washy’ Cosmopolitan?” Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

Galloway Township, NJ: March 9, 2013.



2024 -            Washtenaw County Advisory Council on Reparations, Councilor

2022 -            Michigan's Program in Race, Law, and History, Faculty Affiliate; Co-Director (2022-23)


2021 -            Women Also Know Law, Advisory Board Member

2021 -            Michigan Journal of Law & Society, Faculty Editorial Board Member

2020 -            Color of Change Hollywood, Consultant

2020 - 2021   High School Ethics Bowl Judge (New York Regional)

2020 - 2021   High School Ethics Bowl Coach, Carver H.S. (Philadelphia)


2014 - 2019   Head Graduate Fellow, Upenn Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute 



US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

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