Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies

Frank Anechiarico, the Maynard-Knox Professor of Law

A.B., Hamilton College; A.M. and Ph.D., Indiana University
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Areas of expertise: public administration, public ethics and law and society

Frank Anechiarico studies constitutional law and public administration. He is managing editor of Public Integrity, a journal of the American Society of Public Administration. He co-authored with James Jacobs The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity and with Eugene Lewis Urban America: Politics and Policy. Anechiarico is widely published in scholarly journals including Public Administration Review, Urban Affairs Quarterly and Criminal Justice Ethics. Anechiarico was a research fellow of the Center for Research on Crime and Justice at New York University Law School during 1991-92 and at NYU Law School in 2003. He was distinguished visiting professor of law at the United States Air Force Academy in 2008-09. Other visiting positions include the United States Military Academy at West Point, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Linnaeus University, Sweden.

Gbemende Johnson, Assistant Professor of Government

B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
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Areas of expertise: American politics, executive branch institutions, judicial institutions and bureaucratic politics

Gbemende Johnson's research interests are American institutions, judicial politics and executive branch politics, with a strong secondary interest in political theory. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science. She recently received a grant from Rutgers’ University Center on the American Governor to examine state supreme court deference to executive power. Johnson is working on one project that explores the non-delegation doctrine in the states and on another that examines state implementation of portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She received her doctorate in political science from Vanderbilt University.

Doran Larson, the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Ethics and Christian Evidences

B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz; M.A., SUNY Buffalo; Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
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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 and other subjects. 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, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The (online) Atlantic Monthly. He is the editor of two 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 has published two novels, a novella, over a dozen short stories, as well as travel writing, Op-Eds, and humor.

Catherine Waite Phelan, Chair, Professor of Communication

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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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's research focuses on the ways in which the human and technological interface alters the social domain.


Yvonne Zylan, Associate Professor of Sociology

B.A., Yale University; M.Phil. and Ph.D., New York University; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
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Areas of expertise: law and society, political sociology, the state and social policy, social theory, social movements, sociology of sexuality

Yvonne Zylan, who has a doctorate in sociology and a law degree, has published articles in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among other periodicals. Her book, States of Passion: Law, Identity, and the Social Construction of Desire, is a study of sexuality, social theory and the law. Her areas of scholarship include law and society, sexuality, social theory, political sociology, and the state and social policy. Zylan practiced law at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She earned her sociology doctoratefrom New York University and a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.