From the All-White Jury to the Sociological Survey: Making the Statistical Case against Capital Punishment

Michael McGovern, History of Science

Wed, 03/17/2021 - 12:00pm
via Zoom
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Graduate Students

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LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.


Michael McGovern
History of Science

Michael McGovern studies the history of the human sciences, race, law, and technology with a focus on how data travel throughout society, make claims on people, and transform political life. His dissertation charts the rise of statistical proof of racial discrimination in the U.S. legal system from the civil rights era forward by focusing on the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's efforts to combat employment discrimination and abolish capital punishment.