Last updated on: 11/4/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Tomislav Kovandzic, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Although policymakers and the public can continue to base support for use of the death penalty on retribution, religion, or other justifications, defending its use based solely on its deterrent effect is contrary to the evidence… At a minimum, policymakers should refrain from justifying its use by claiming that it is a deterrent to homicide and should consider less costly, more effective ways of addressing crime.”

“Does the Death Penalty Save Lives? New Evidence from State Panel Data, 1977 to 2006,” Criminology and Public Policy, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 2007-present
  • Member, Student Affairs Committee, American Society of Criminology, 2008
  • Associate Professor of Justice Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005-2007
  • Assistant Professor of Justice Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998-2005
  • Research Assistant of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University, 1997-1998
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Problems, Homicide Studies, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Police Quarterly, Contemporary Economic Policy, Security Journal, Western Criminology Review, and Criminal Justice Policy Reviewer
Education:
  • PhD, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University, 1999
  • BA, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University, 1993
Other:
  • Member, Editorial Board, Justice Quarterly, 2011-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Police Quarterly, 2007-present
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Received a $150,000 grant in 2002 from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance for “Project Safe Neighborhoods: Northern District of Alabama.”
  • Lists research interests as “Gun Control and Gun Violence, Death Penalty, Deterrence and Incapacitation, Criminal Justice Policy, and Structural Correlates of Crime”
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?