Last updated on: 6/7/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

David B. Muhlhausen, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis at the Heritage Foundation
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“While opponents of capital punishment allege that it is unfairly used against African–Americans, each additional execution deters the murder of 1.5 African–Americans. Further moratoria, commuted sentences, and death row removals appear to increase the incidence of murder… Americans support capital punishment for two good reasons. First, there is little evidence to suggest that minorities are treated unfairly. Second, capital punishment produces a strong deterrent effect that saves lives.”

“The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives,” Heritage Foundation website, Aug. 28, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • Research Fellow in Empirical Policy Analysis, Center for Data Analysis, Heritage Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University
  • Staff, US Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Writter, Forbes, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times
  • Television guest on: PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN’s Lou Dobbs Moneyline, Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor and Special Report with Brit Hume
Education:
  • PhD, Public Policy, University of Maryland, 2004
  • BA, Political Science, Frostburg State University, 1993
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?
  2. Does a Person's Race Affect the Likelihood of Receiving the Death Penalty?
  3. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?