Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies


Jinnie Garrett, Ph.D., William R. Kenan Professor of Biology

Areas of Expertise: molecular genetics of yeast and microbial metagenomics, with interests in the ethical and social issues associated with genetic research.
Jinnie Garrett conducts research into the microbial diversity of unusual environments using molecular genetics. More >>

Recent projects, conducted with undergraduate students, include the analysis of bacteria and fungi in the waters of Green Lake, Fayetteville, N.Y., and in sediments from Hughes Bay in Antarctica. She teaches courses in genetics, genetics and society, and molecular genetics. Garrett also works to increase the inclusion of ethical, social and global issues in science courses, with particular focus on the ethical, social and legal implications of advances in genetics.

Before coming to Hamilton, Garrett completed a Ph.D.  in biochemistry and biophysics at Texas A & M University, and a post-doctoral Fellowship at CalTech. She has published articles in numerous journals including the Journal of Bacteriology, Journal of Cell Biology, and Genetics. Garrett has been awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and several private foundations for both her laboratory research and for the support of institutional initiatives. In 2012-2014, Garrett was on leave from Hamilton and served as dean of the faculty at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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Catherine Phelan, Ph.D., Professor of Communication

Areas of Expertise: philosophy of communication; media and society; First Amendment law; and how the digital revolution alters the nature of community and identity.
Catherine Waite Phelan, chair and professor of communication, earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, with an interdisciplinary degree in communication and philosophy. More >>

Phelan’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing on the traditions of the social sciences and the humanities. Her research focuses on the ways in which the human and technological interface alters the social domain. Phelan’s teaching interests include courses on the role of the press in the American democracy, the First Amendment, and Conflict Mediation.

She has published articles in Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Cultural Studies, Symbolic Interaction, Proteus, Etc: A Review of General Semantics, and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, among others.

She is the author of Mediation and the Communication Matrix, (Peter Lang, 2003). That work investigates how the screen in its myriad forms has contributed to an emerging view of the self in American culture that is unique to our time. Phelan's most recent publication, The Digital Evolution of an American Identity, (Routledge, 2013)  argues that the digital domain alters assumptions regarding the relationship of the individual to the larger community by creating new avenues for speech and new forms of social networks.

Doran Larson, Ph.D., Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

Areas of Expertise: 20th century American literature, the history of the Anglo-American novel, fiction writing, nonfiction writing and prison writing of the U.S., South African and Ireland.
Doran Larson teaches courses in prison writing, the history of the novel, 20th-century American literature, and creative writing. More >>

He has published articles on Herman Melville, Theodore Dreiser, Henry James and popular film. Since November of 2006, he has taught a creative writing course inside a maximum-security state prison. Larson's essays on prison writing and prison issues have been published in College Literature, Radical Teacher, English Language Notes and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He is the editor of two forthcoming volumes:  The Beautiful Prison, a special issue of the legal journal, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society; and Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America.  He is also the author of two novels, The Big Deal (Bantam, 1985), and Marginalia (Permanent, 1997). Larson's stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Boulevard, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and Best American Short Stories. The Iowa Review published his novella, Syzygy, in 1998. He has also published travel writing, magazine features, and paid op-eds.

Frank Anechiarico, Ph.D., The Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law

Areas of Expertise: public administration, public ethics and law and society.
Frank Anechiarico studies constitutional law and public administration. More >>

He is the co-author (with Eugene Lewis) of Urban America: Politics and Policy (2nd ed., 1983) and the author of Suing the Philadelphia Police: The Case for an Institutional Approach, and Remembering Corruption: The Elusive Lessons of Scandal in New York City. Anechiarico was a research fellow of the Center for Research on Crime and Justice at New York University Law School during 1991-92 and was a research fellow at NYU Law School in 2003. Anechiarico and James Jacobs' book, The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity: How Corruption Control Makes Government Ineffective, was published by University of Chicago Press in 1996. He has also published in the Public Administration Review and Administration and Society. Anechiarico's latest project is a book on the relationship between ethics and the quality of performance in public management. He is an organizer of the European Public Administration Conference on Ethics in Leuven, Belgium in 2005 and the Administrator of the Hamilton Program in New York City.

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Yvonne Zylan, Ph.D., Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology

Areas of Expertise: law and society, the state and social policy, political sociology, gender and sexuality, and social movements.
Yvonne Zylan, associate professor of sociology and department chair, earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. More >>

Zylan has published articles in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Gender & Society, Social Forces, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.  Zylan's book - a study of sexuality, social theory and the law titled States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire - was published by Oxford University Press in spring 2011. Her areas of scholarship include law and society, sexuality, social theory, political sociology, and the state and social policy. Prior to joining the Hamilton faculty, Zylan practiced law for three years in the litigation department at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.