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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 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 criminal law at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. I have also lectured on constitutional law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, on political violence at the University of Graz (Faculties of Law and Social Sciences), and taught American Politics and Law at Palacky University, the Czech Republic.
My research interests are in law and jurisprudence, free speech, democratic theory, 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 Assassination of William McKinley: Anarchism, Insanity, and the Birth of the Social Sciences (Lexington Books, 2018); The Body and the State: Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence (SUNY Press 2006); and forthcoming, from the University of Michigan Press, Democracy and Deliberation: The Law and Politics of Sex Offender Legislation.
Of The Assassination of William McKinley, Mark Summers writes:
“As a study of experts misapplying their own specialties to understand a sick, sad man about whom even a real name and birthdate elude capture, The Assassination of William McKinley hits the spot....Federman explores the intellectual bases of so many of the new professions at the turn of the last century with sophistication and with an enviable control of the literature. No one hailing the rise of professionalism in Gilded Age and Progressive America should turn away from this book and its cautionary tale.” Mark Summers, The Historian.
I am currently working on a book-length manuscript on free speech and hate speech.
Jurisprudence, Punishment, Free Speech, Democratic Theory, Death Penalty, Political Violence, Criminal Law, Prisons, Prisoners' Rights, Political Theory, Law and Insanity.
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