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Ernest Van Den Haag, PhD Biography

Former John M. Olin Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Policy at Fordham University
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“I can not accept the abolitionist belief that there is no crime horrible enough to deserve capital punishment. On the contrary, there are far more crimes that do than there are death sentences. All the more reason not to spare the few who do receive it.”

“Death or Life, New Arguments Against Capital Punishment?,” National Review, Feb. 8, 1985

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • John M. Olin Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Policy, Fordham University, 1982-1988
  • Visiting Professor of Criminology, School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany, 1978-1983
  • Adjunct Professor, New York University
  • Psychoanalyst in private practice, 1955-1982
  • Lecturer in Psychology and Sociology, The New School for Social Research, New York, 1953-1980
  • Senior Fellow National Endowment for the Humanities, 1972
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1966
  • Fellow of the American Sociological Association, 1959
  • Propaganda Analyst, Office of War Information, 1942-1945
  • PhD, Economics, New York University, 1952
  • MA, Economics, 1942
  • Died on Mar. 21, 2002
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?