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Cathleen Burnett, PhD Biography

Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at the University of Missouri
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“I have been working with a group of committed volunteers to abolish the death penalty since 1987 – first as cofounder, then as president, and now as chair of the fund-raising committee.”

“Passion Through the Profession: Being Both Activist and Academic,” Social Justice, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, University of Missouri
  • Member, Western Missouri Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Member, Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Secretary, Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center
  • Receiver of the Community Service Award, National Coalition to Abolish the
    Death Penalty, 1998
  • Receiver of the Sullivan Award for Peace and Justice, Catholic Charities of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, 1998
  • Receiver of the Social Activist of the Year, Kansas City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, 1997
  • PhD, Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Sociology, Vanderbilt University
  • BA, Sociology, St. Lawrence University
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Clemency Serve as a Safeguard in Capital Punishment Cases?