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Jennifer Culbert
  • 2008-2009 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Jennifer Culbert is Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University where she teaches courses in political theory, law and society, jurisprudence, and rhetorical theory. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS (with distinction) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BS (cum laude) in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2008, her book, Dead Certainty: The Death Penalty and the Problem of Judgment featured in two “Author meets Readers” sessions, one at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and the other at the annual meeting of the Law & Society Association.



  • Dead Certainty: The Death Penalty and the Problem of Judgment (Stanford University Press, 2008)

Edited Volumes


  • “Reprising Revenge,” Law, Culture, and the Humanities 1:3 (2005)
  • “The Banality of Death in Eichmann in Jerusalem,” Theory & Event (2002)
  • “The Sacred Name of Pain: The Role of Victim Impact Evidence in Death Sentencing Decisions” in Pain, Death, and the Law, ed. Austin Sarat (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001)
  • “Beyond Intention: A Critique of ‘Normal’ Criminal Agency, Responsibility, and Punishment in American Death Penalty Jurisprudence” in The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics and Culture, ed. Austin Sarat (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • “Recalling the Blow: A Response to George Pavlich’s ‘Phrasing Injustice’ and ‘Blow-by-Blow Critique’” Studies in Law, Politics & Society 18 (1998)

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.