Last updated on: 10/7/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Singh, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Politics at Birkbeck School of Politics and Sociology at the University of London
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“[W]hatever the criminological purposes that the death penalty does or does not serve, it is clear that, at best, the administration of the punishment is badly broken. Neither due process nor the equality of the laws is guaranteed in a system that is more capricious than even-handed. A Texan or Oklahoman criminal is far more likely to receive a death sentence, and see it implemented, than a Californian criminal, for example. The system is institutionally biased against the poor, who are invariably likely to receive inadequate counsel from the limited public coffers available. Stories of incompetent, venal, sleeping, prejudiced and drunk defendants’ lawyers are legion. Perhaps most tellingly, more than 100 Death Row inmates since 1976 have been exonerated of the crimes for which they were originally convicted.”

“Guns, Capital Punishment and Anti-Americanism,” Anti-Americanism: Causes and Sources, 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:
  • Professor of Politics, Birkbeck School of Politics and Sociology at the University of London, Apr. 1999-present
  • Department Head, Politics, Birkbeck School of Politics and Sociology at the University of London, 2004-2006
  • Trustee, William Palmer Sixth Form College, 2002-2009
  • Lecturer, Politics, University of Edinburgh, 1996-1999
  • Lecturer, Politics, Trinity College, 1994-1996
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts
  • Associate Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London
  • Member, External Advisory Board, United States Presidency Center
  • Honorary Fellow, Foreign Policy Association
  • Member, Royal Institute for International Affairs
  • Member, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Education:
  • PhD, Politics, Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, 1994
  • Visiting graduate student, Yale, 1990-1991
  • BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Christ Church at the University of Oxford, 1989
Other:
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