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Zachary Shemtob, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Office Hours

208-07 Vance Academic Center
Office Phone: (860) 832-3180
Email Address:

by appointment



Ph.D., 2011, Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.S., 2009, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Law, Literature, and Deviance
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
  • The History of Capital Punishment

Graduate Courses Taught

  • Law and Social Control

Selected Publications

Shemtob, Z. “The Catholic and Jewish Court: Explaining the Absence of Protestants on the
        Nation’s Highest Judicial Body.” Journal of Law and Religion, 27, 2 (2011-2012) (upcoming).     

Shemtob, Z. “The Conflicted Constitution: Justice Black and Thomas’s Textual Absolutism
        Versus Frankfurter and Breyer’s Balanced Restraint.” British Journal of American
        Legal Studies, Spring 2012 (upcoming).     

Shemtob, Z. “Following Thayer: The Many Faces of Judicial Restraint.” Boston University
                Public Interest Law Journal (upcoming).

Shemtob, Z. & Lat, D. “Executions Should be Televised.” The New York Times, Sunday Review, 4 (30 July 2011).

Lat, D. & Z. Shemtob. “The Execution Should be Televised.” Tennessee Law Review, 78, 3 (Spring 2011).

Shemtob, Z. “The Palestinian Territories.” Crime and Punishment around the World, Africa/Middle East (ed. by Mahesh Nalla). California: ABC-CLIO. August 2010.
Grounding Cosmopolitanism: From Kant to the Idea of a Cosmopolitan Constiution, by
                       Garrett Wallace Brown. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
                       Reviewed in Law and Politics Book Review, 20, 10, (June 2010), access at
Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern                         
                       America, by David M. Oshinsky, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 2010.
                       Reviewed in Law and Politics Book Review, 20, 6, (June 2010), access at                         


Selected Presentations

Supreme Convolution: Gregg v. Georgia and the Nature of Judicial Decision Making. The American Society of Criminology, 2011 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

Debating Death: Furman, Gregg, and Supreme Court Decision Making. Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California. 2011

Human Rights and Odious Intellectuals: The Human Rights Regime and Its Discontents. Critical Criminology Common Sessions Conference. New York. 2010
The Rush to Rebuild and the Duties of Justice. International Society for Justice Research 2010 Convention, Banff, Canada. 2010

Democracy on Display:  The Case for Public Shaming Sanctions. Critical Criminology Common Sessions Conference, Barcelona, Spain. 2009
The Criminal Sex: Transsexuality and the Law in the United States, Japan, and Iran. Critical Criminology Common Sessions Conference, University of Kent, London, UK. 2008

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