Blog Posts and Other Writing

In addition to my scholarly work, I occasionally blog over on Medium. I mainly write about crime, law, and justice, but not exclusively. Other posts may involve anything from politics to pop culture to anything else on my mind. You can find my page here or access individual posts below. All essays are published on Medium unless otherwise noted.

“Killing without Knowing: We Did It Again” (about the execution of Walter Barton)

“The Joker and Mental Illness” (about the film’s depiction of a mentally ill main character)

“Reflecting on Joker” (general impressions after watching the film)

“The Death Penalty in the 21st Century” (about the current state of capital punishment in the U.S.)

“In Exonerations, How You Communicate Matters” (The Crime Report; with Kevin Mullinix, about how pop culture can change public opinion)

“The Lessons of ‘When They See Us'” (reflecting on what we can learn from the Netflix series about the Central Park Five case)

“Is This Really a ‘Witch Hunt’?” (about President Trump’s claim that he is the victim of “the greatest Witch Hunt in American History”)

“What Do We Owe the Wrongly Convicted?” (about society’s debt to victims of false conviction)

“Why NOT Test the DNA?” (about the Sedley Alley case)

“Academics Can (and Should) Learn from the Fields They Study” (about the need for social scientists to embrace learning beyond data)