The Dying Death Penalty

Daniel LaChance, Emory University

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 4:30pm
Event Category: 
Graduate Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Daniel LaChance, Assistant Professor of History at Emory University

This event is by invitation only.   If interested, email

Since the mid-1990s, when 80% of Americans told Gallup they supported the death penalty, support for the death penalty has been steadily eroding. Last month, it dipped below 50% for the first time in almost 45 years. What accounts for the slow death of Americans' support for capital punishment? This conversation will explore how the answer lies, in part, in the yawning gap between the cultural life of the death penalty and its actual practice in courtrooms and execution chambers.

Daniel LaChance
Emory University

Daniel LaChance is an Assistant Professor of History at Emory University and a former LAPA fellow. He is the author of the newly-released book Executing Freedom: The Culture Life of Capital Punishment in the United States.