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About the Authors
As described more fully in the Epilogue, this book results from a long-term research project led by Baumgartner. Over the years, his research and teaching on this topic have become fully connected. Davidson, Johnson, Krishnamurthy, and Wilson are all former UNC students who took Baumgartner's course, then stayed involved with the project over the following two years to such an extent that, by the time they left UNC, they had became true collaborators. Neill and Cole worked extensively on the single chapter for which they are credited with co-authorship. As of the publication of the book in 2017, the students have moved on to some of the nation's best graduate programs, are laying the foundations for their careers in the law, or for one who started while a sophomore, still completing their undergraduate education.
Frank R. Baumgartner is the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He continues to teach about the death penalty and is currently finishing a book with two graduate students about racial disparities in traffic stops.
Marty Davidson graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May of 2016 and is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is interested in how behavior within legal institutions creates racial and gender-based disparities.
Kaneesha Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May of 2016 and is a PhD student in Government at Harvard University. Her primary research interests concern inequality, social policy, identity politics, and the criminal justice system.
Arvind Krishnamurthy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December of 2016 and will begin his PhD program in Political Science at Duke University Fall 2017.
Colin Wilson graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May of 2016 and is currently working as a paralegal at a civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C.
Justin Cole, co-author of Chapter 14 on Cost, will graduate from from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2018 with majors in Economics and Peace, War, and Defense (PWAD) and a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). In the summer of 2017, he is interning at the United States Department of Justice and he hopes to go to law school after he graduates.
Betsy Neill graduated from from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in May of 2017 with degrees in Political Science and Psychology. After taking a few years gaining clinical experience working in wilderness therapy, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and specialize her research in antisocial personality disorder, violent behavior and the role of mental health in the criminal justice system.
Because this book was written with the help of the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professorship and integrates teaching with research at UNC, all of the royalties generated by the book have been directed to the Department of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. Any revenues generated will be used to enhance undergraduate education.
(This page was last updated October 3, 2017.)