William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"[S]tate killing contributes to some of the most dangerous features of contemporary America. Among them are the substitution of a politics of revenge and resentment for sustained attention to the social problems responsible for so much violence today; the use of crime to pit various social groups against one another and to generate political capital; what has been called an effort to 'govern through crime;' the racializing of danger and, in so doing, the perpetuation of racial fear and antagonism; the erosion of basic legal protections and legal values in favor of short-term political expediency; the turning of state killing into an invisible, bureaucratic act, which can divorce citizens from the responsibility for the killing that the state does in their name. In response I argue for what I call a 'new abolitionism.' This view suggests that the time may be at hand to condemn state killing for what it does to, not for, America and what Americans most cherish."
When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition, 2001
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:
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College, 1974-present
Visiting Professor, Social Studies Program, Harvard University, 2004
Visiting Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002, 2003, and 2004
President, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 2001- 2004
Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law Center, 2002
Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Connecticut, 2001
Visiting Professor, UCLA Law School, 2001
Visiting Professor, Cornell Law School, 2000
O'Bryne Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Society, University of Indiana, 1998-1999
Visiting Lecturer, Yale Law School, 1993, 1996
Visiting Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, 1977-1978
Staff Social Scientist, Office for Improvements in the Administration of Justice, US Department of Justice, 1977-1978
Visiting Assistant Professor, Yale University, 1976-1977
JD, Yale Law School, 1988
PhD, Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 1973
MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 1970