Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"[T]he case for barring people convicted of crime from voting is not a practical one at all, but a jumble of conjectures, ill-informed fears, and mystical images of the body politic, all piled on top of social theories three hundred years in age....
At a minimum, proponents of any restrictive policy in a modern democracy must explain how the proposed exclusion would strengthen our democracy and protect the public good. Advocates of disenfranchisement fail that test."
"An Agenda for Demolition: The Fallacy and the Danger of the Subversive Voting Argument for Felony Disenfranchisement," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, 2004
Experts 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:
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont, 2006-Present
Visiting Assistant Professor, Union College, 2004-2006
Expert Witness at request of counsel for Plaintiffs, Farrakhan v. Washington, provided written report on felon disenfranchisement, 2006
Report Author, "A 'Crazy-Quilt' of Tiny Pieces: State and Local Administration of American Criminal Disenfranchisement Laws," prepared for The Sentencing Project, 2005
Grant recipient from The Sentencing Project for research on role of state and local officials in implementing disenfranchisement law, 2004
Instructor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2001-2004
University Fellowship, University of Massachusetts. Won funding for half-year release from teaching duties in university-wide competition; completed research and writing of "'Civil Death': The Ideological Paradox of Criminal Disenfranchisement Law in the United States," Wisconsin Law Review, 2002
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, 2000-2001
Congressional Quarterly Press Award, Best Paper by a Graduate Student, Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, for "Getting Ready for Garza? Judge Emilio Garza, Civil Liberties, and the Politics of Judicial Selection," 2000
Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1999-2000
History Teacher, The Putney School, Putney, Vermont, 1992-1998
PhD, Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2005
MA, Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
BA, Political Science and International Relations, Tufts University, 1992