Professor of Political Science and Department Chairperson at Rutgers University
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) 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."
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:
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