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Austin Sarat

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science; Associate Provost and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Amherst College

Austin Sarat is Associate Provost, Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science at Amherst College. He is currently the editor of Law, Culture and the Humanities and of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. He is the author or editor of more than 90 books. His publications include The Death Penalty on the Ballot: American Democracy and the Fate of Capital Punishment (Cambridge University Press, 2019), The Lives of Guns (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty (Stanford University Press, 2014). Professor Sarat has appeared on All In, ABC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Relevant Writing:

How to Prevent Republican State Legislatures from Stealing the Election” in Justia Verdict

The U.S. Supreme Court Cannot Determine the Election Result” in Justia Verdict

Judges used to stay out of election disputes, but this year lawsuits could well decide the presidency” in The Conversation.

“Could a few state legislatures choose the next president?” in The Conversation.

Trump’s law-and-order campaign relies on a historic American tradition of racist and anti-immigrant politics” in The Conversation.

Why the news media shouldn’t declare a winner on election night”  in The Fulcrum.

How to Stop Presidents from Corrupting U.S. Attorneys” in Slate.

Donald Trump’s use of clemency undermines the rule of law” in The Guardian.

State Expertise: National
Speaks: English

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