Fellows' Presentation

Unpremeditated

Capital Punishment and American Law
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2014–2015 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Carol S. Steiker RI '15


During her Radcliffe fellowship year, Carol S. Steiker is working on a book—coauthored with Jordan M. Steiker of the University of Texas School of Law, who is her brother and frequent collaborator in scholarship, litigation, and law reform—about the past half-century’s experiment with the constitutional regulation of capital punishment in America. The book will explore the American death penalty’s roller-coaster ride over the past several decades and consider what it might teach us about both the anomalous American practice of capital punishment and the promises and pitfalls of constitutional regulation of contentious social issues.