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John R. Lott, Jr., PhD Biography

Dean's Visiting Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"

“The [Maryland state] legislature now wants to make it easier for convicted murderers, rapists, armed robbers and other violent criminals to vote…. Democrats have a good reason to want convicts to vote: Felons overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.

Democrats appear to be angling not for the votes of centrists but for the votes of the most dedicated left-wing constituency in America: criminals.”

“The Criminal Constituency”, Baltimore Sun, Feb. 16, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting 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 felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Crime Prevention Research Center, 2013-present
  • Columnist,
  • Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland at College Park, 2007-2010
  • The Dean’s Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2006-2007
  • Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2001-2006
  • Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Law, 1999-2001
  • Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 1995-2001
  • John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow, University of Chicago School of Law, 1995-1999
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Business School, 1994-1995
  • Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1995
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1989-1991
  • Chief Economist, US Sentencing Commission, 1988-1989
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rice University, 1987-1988
  • The John M. Olin National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1986-1987
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University, 1984-1986
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), 1983-1984
  • PhD, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
  • MA, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1980
  • Born in Detroit, MI
  • Twitter handle: @JohnRLottJr
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Be Permitted to Vote while in Prison?