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William D. Richardson, PhD Biography

Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“By including a phrase that allowed for the possibility that citizens might be denied their life, liberty, or property if certain procedural safeguards were in place;they [Founding Fathers] implied that individual life might be taken by the state under the right circumstances.”

The Leviathan’s Choice, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Dakota, 1998-present
  • Odeen-Swanson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of South Dakota
  • Director, W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership
  • Fellow, American Council on Education, New College of Florida, 2005-2006
  • Professor, Georgia State University
  • PhD, Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
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