David Papke

Professor of Law
(414) 288-1905
Areas of Law:

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Other Courses Taught: 
Family Law, Legal History, Property, Jurisprudence


David Papke joined the Marquette University Law School faculty in 2002 after serving on the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis faculty for eighteen years. Professor Papke worked earlier as Dean of Yale University's Davenport College, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Illinois and Indiana University-Bloomington. In 1986-87, he was a Fulbright professor at Tamkang University, Taipei, and he has lectured in Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, St. Kitts, Uganda, and Vietnam. Professor Papke teaches Property, Family Law, Jurisprudence, Legal History, and a range of courses and seminars in law and the humanities. He has a special scholarly interest in the role of law in American culture. He is the author or editor of Framing the Criminal: Crime, Cultural Work, and the Loss of Critical Perspective (1987), Narrative and the Legal Discourse: Storytelling and the Law (1991), Heretics in the Temple: Americans Who Reject the Nation's Legal Faith (1998), The Pullman Case: The Clash of Labor and Capital in Industrial America (1999), and Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (2014). Along with Christine Corcos, et al., Professor Papke co-authored Law and Popular Culture: Text, Notes, and Questions (2007; 2nd Ed., 2012), the first comprehensive textbook for the study of law-related popular culture.

Recent Lectures and Presentations:

"The Communistic Inclinations of Sir Thoma More," Utopia 500 Lecture Series; McGeorge Law School; Sacramento, California; March, 2016.

"Postmodern Decline?  The American Belief in the Rule of Law," 12th Annual Conference on Law and Legal Scholarship; Athens, Greece; July, 2015.

"Law in the Hollywood Cinema," the University of Wollongong; Wollongong, Australia; July, 2014.

"The Adoption of Asian Children by American Whites," Third Biennial Interdisciplinary Conference on Race, Monmouth University; West Long Branch, New Jersey; April, 2013.

"Evolutionaty Functionalism:  A Viable Approach to American Legal History?" Stawa University; Kampala, Uganda; August 2012.

"Transracial Adoption in the Contemporary United States," International Society of Family Law North American Conference; Nassau, The Bahamas; March, 2011.  

"Contain, Condemn, and Criminalize: The Functions of Law and Legal Institutions for the Underclass," Loyola Law School -New Orleans; New Orleans, Louisiana; November, 2010. 

"Muffled Message: Capital Punishment and Hollywood Films," Center for the Study of Film and History Annual Conference; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November, 2010.

Recent Publications and Presentations