Davidson

Marty Davidson

PhD Candidate in Political Science, University of Michigan
Areas of Expertise:
  • American Democracy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Race & Ethnicity

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About Marty

Davidson's interests are in Political Representation, Behavior within Institutions, Race and Ethnic Politics, and the United States Death Penalty.

Briefs

America's Failed Efforts to Reform the Death Penalty

  • Marty Davidson
  • Kaneesha Johnson
  • Arvind Krishnamurthy

Podcast

Publications

Deadly Justice: A Statistical Portrait of Death Penalty (with Marty Davidson, Kaneesha Johnson, Arvind Krishnamurthy, and Colin Wilson) (Oxford University Press, 2018).

 Examines the record established through 40 years of experience with the “new and improved” death penalty since, in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated all existing death penalty laws in its landmark Furman v. Georgia decision. Asks if the modern system has worked as intended, and have the states successfully targeted only a narrow class of particularly heinous crimes and the most deserving criminals for the ultimate punishment, or do various elements of caprice, bias, and arbitrariness continue to make the application of the death penalty akin to “being struck by lightning” as the Court noted in Furman?

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