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Thursday, June 29, 2006

CrimProf Nita Farahany joins Vanderbilt Faculty

Farahany_1 CrimProf Nita Farahany joins the Vanderbilt University School of Law faculty as assistant professor of law after spending the 2005-06 academic year as a fellow and instructor in law at Vanderbilt. Professor Farahany, who is pursuing research in the areas of behavioral genetics, neuroscience, forensic psychiatry and criminal law, is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in philosophy at Duke University and is completing her master's thesis for her A.L.M. in biology from Harvard. She earned her undergraduate degree in genetics, cell and developmental biology from Dartmouth and her J.D. and a Master's degree in philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of biology and the philosophy of law, at Duke. During 2004-05, she clerked for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.

An article she coauthored with William Bernet, M.D., “Behavioural Genetics in Criminal Cases: Past, Present and Future,” which she co-presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, was published in the April 2006 issue of Genomics, Society & Policy Journal. She was also the co-special editor of the Winter and Spring Symposium Issues of Law and Contemporary Problems, entitled "The Impact of Behavioral Genetics on the Criminal Law," where her article, “Genetics and Responsibility: To Know the Criminal from the Crime,” coauthored with James E. Coleman, Jr., was also published. [Mark Godsey]

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