Cary Federman

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Associate Professor, Justice Studies

Dickson Hall 350
973 655-7966
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BA:Baruch College, CUNY
MA:University of Virginia
PhD:University of Virginia
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I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia and have taught at the University of Virginia and (as a post-doc) at James Madison College (Michigan State University). I am the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships, teaching law and political science at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. I have also lectured at the University of Belgrade Law Faculty, the University of Graz (Institute for Rechtsphilosophie, Rechtssoziologie, and Rechtsinformatik), and taught American Politics and Law at Palacky University, the Czech Republic.

My research interests are in law and jurisprudence, prisons and prisoners' rights, psychology and law, ancient and modern political philosophy and the history of the social sciences.

I am the author of The Body and the State: Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence (SUNY 2006). My current project is a book-length manuscript that examines the history and development of criminal responsibility by looking at the rise of anarchism, criminology, sociology, and psychiatry at the time of President McKinley’s assassination in 1901.


Jurisprudence, Punishment, Death Penalty, Political Violence, Criminal Law, Prisons, Prisoners' Rights, Political Theory, Law and Insanity.

Office Hours


  • Monday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm