Last updated on: 5/9/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Laurelyn Whitt, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Professor of Native Studies at Brandon University
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“There have long been compelling reasons to oppose the death penalty: the persistence of race, class, and ethnic bias; its profound arbitrariness; its failure to deter more effectively than its alternatives; its exceptional costs. The power of such critiques is itself significantly enhanced by the convergence of the two forces – international pressure and the innocence argument – on which this book focuses. The fact that a significant number of those whose lives the state ends are not only selected on arbitrary and discriminatory grounds, but also are innocent of the crime for which they are being punished only intensifies the gravity of the abuse of state power that constitutes the American death penalty.”

Cowritten with Alan Clarke, JD, The Bitter Fruit of American Justice: International and Domestic Resistance to the Death Penalty, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Visiting Researcher, Institute of Canadian Aboriginal Studies
  • Former Professor, Native Studies, Brandon University (Canada)
  • Visiting Scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Canada), 2007
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Communications and Critical/Cultural Studies, 2004-present
  • Professor, Philosophy and Humanities and Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University, 2004-2009
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of American Indian Education, 2000-2006
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2000-2001
  • Recipient, George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowship, 2000-2001
  • Visiting Fellow, Maori Studies, University of Auckland (New Zealand), 1999
  • Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Australian National University (Australia), 1996
  • Visiting Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, 1993-1994
  • Professor, Philosophy and Creative Writing, Michigan Technological
    University, 1986-2004
  • Professor of Philosophy, Southern Methodist University, 1984-1986
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1983-1984
  • Instructor, Philosophy, University of Western Ontario (Canada), 1981-1983
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy of Science, University of Western Ontario (Canada), 1985
  • MA, Philosophy, Queen’s University (Canada), 1976
  • BA, magna cum laude, Philosophy, College of William and Mary, 1975
Other:
  • Finalist, Richard Snyder Publication Prize, Ashland Press, 2009
  • Finalist, Fifth Annual Poetry Prize, Marsh Hawk Press, 2008
  • Recipient, Holland Poetry Prize, 2005
  • Third Place, Poetry Book Competition, Bright Hill Press, 2000