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Friday, January 5, 2007

CrimProf Spotlight: Martha Grace Duncan

DuncanThis Week the CrimProf Blog spotlights CrimProf Martha Grace Duncan of Emory School of Law.

Martha Grace  Duncan brings a rich array of experiences and credentials to her work at Emory Law School. As an undergraduate, she lived for six months in Bogota, Colombia, where she interviewed and traveled with members of the Alianza Nacional Popular, which was then Colombia's major opposition party. In graduate school, on a fellowship from the Latin American Institute of Columbia University, she journeyed to remote regions of Brazil to interview leaders of sugar worker unions and peasant movements.

For her doctoral thesis in political science, Duncan conducted in-depth interviews with life-long American activists to explore the genesis and meaning of radicalism in their lives. On the strength of this work, she was admitted as a post-doctoral candidate to the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute at New York University Medical Center.

In 1980, she matriculated at Yale Law School, where she was elected an Article and Book Review Editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Following graduation, she clerked for Judge Robert Bork on the United States Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit.

Professor Duncan has published articles and essays in a range of fields and genres, including political science, history, memoir, and law. Her latest law review article, "'So Young and So Untender': Remorseless Children and the Expectations of the Law," was published in the COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW, and her memoir "A Perfect Start" was selected as a "Notable Essay of 2004, in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF 2005. Her book, ROMANTIC OUTLAWS, BELOVED PRISONS: THE UNCONSCIOUS MEANINGS OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (New York University Press) was reissued in paperback and received numerous favorable reviews.

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