Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Michael L. Radelet, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Even if one concedes, for the sake of argument, that some people like Timothy McVeigh deserve to die, we run into all sorts of problems drawing the line between who deserves to live and who deserves to die… At the end of the day, we make so many mistakes in making those decisions that the only clear lesson is that we do not deserve to kill.”

“Top Death Penalty Expert Joins CU-Boulder Faculty,” University of Colorado News Center, Aug. 29, 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
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:
  • Professor, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001-present
  • Former Associate Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Westminster, England, 1995-present
  • Recipient, Paul Tappan Award “For Outstanding Contributions to the Field of
    Criminology,” Western Society of Criminology, Feb. 23, 2006
  • Recipient, Steven M. Goldstein Criminal Justice Award, Florida
    Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, May 2000
  • Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Florida, 1996-2001
  • Professor, Sociology, University of Florida, 1993-2001
  • Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Florida, 1984-1993
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Florida, 1979-1984
  • Criminologist of the Year Award, Critical Criminology Division, American
    Society of Criminology, Nov. 1997
Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, Purdue University, 1977
  • MA, Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, 1974
  • BA, Sociology, Michigan State University, 1972
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?