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Alexander Keyssar, PhD Biography

Title:
Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“The widespread support for such [felon disenfranchisement] laws is noteworthy because, as recent legal analysts have pointed out, there has never been a particularly persuasive or coherent reason for disenfranchising felons and ex-felons.”

The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Current, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University
  • Book The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States was awarded Best Book in U.S. History by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, 2000
  • New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts, 1986
Education:
  • PhD, Harvard University
Other:
  • None found