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Elizabeth Hull, PhD Biography

Professor of Political Science and Department Chairperson at Rutgers University
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“The United States continues to stand alone among the major industrialized nations in permitting an entire category of citizens – former felons – to be cut off from the democratic process. The practice of many states denying voting rights to ex-felons represents a vestige from a time when suffrage was denied to whole classes of our population based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and property. Over the past two centuries, however, these restrictions, along with post-Civil War exclusions such as the poll tax and literacy requirements, have been eliminated to conform with our basic American notion of equality. I believe that the time has also come to eliminate this class voting restriction and to join the community of nations in this regard.”

The Disenfranchisement of Ex-Felons, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Political Science and Department Chairperson, Rutgers University, 2005-Present
  • Member: American Political Science Association, Law and Society Association, American Criminal Justice Association
  • Associate Professor, Rutgers University, 1987-2005
  • Recipient, Research Grant, The Sentencing Project, Spring 2004
  • Recipient, Henry J. Browne Award for Teaching Excellence, University College Alumni Association, 2002
  • Lecturer, Soros Foundation series on constitutional development, institution-building, and democratic theory, Kazakhstan, May 1998
  • Recipient, Gustavus Myers Center award for outstanding book on the subject of human rights in the United States, 1991
  • Member, Council for the Improvement of Teaching, 1988-1989
  • Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, 1980-1987
  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York, 1977-1980
  • PhD, Political Science (concentration in American Public Law and American Government), New School for Social Research, 1977
  • BA, Whitman College, 1969
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