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Francesca Laguardia

Professor, Justice Studies

Dickson Hall 316
BA, University of Chicago
JD, New York University
PhD, New York University
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Former Director of Research, Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law. Prof. Laguardia has published on domestic terrorism, torture, and domestic counterterror policies, as well as criminal law, criminal justice, abortion, and civil rights and liberties more broadly. She is currently a contributing editor to the Criminal Law Bulletin, and spent the summer of 2022 as Criminal Justice Fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.

Notable publications include:

F. Laguardia (2022) “Pain That Only She Must Bear: On the invisibility of a women in judicial opinions on abortion” 9(1) Journal of Law and Biosciences

F. Laguardia (2022) “Cannibalizing the Constitution: On Terrorism, the Second Amendment, and the Threat to Civil Liberties,” 112 J. Crim. L. & Criminology Online 1.

D. Peterka-Benton and F. Laguardia (2021) “The Trouble with Numbers: Difficult Decision Making in Identifying Right-Wing Terrorism Cases. An Investigative Look At Open Source Social Scientific and Legal Data” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2021.1980981

F. Laguardia, (2019) “Considering a Domestic Terrorism Statute and Its Alternatives” Northwestern University Law Review 114 pp. 212-252.

F. Laguardia (2017) “Deterring Torture: The preventive power of criminal law and its promise for inhibiting state abuses.” Human Rights Quarterly, 39(1) pp. 189-212.

F. Laguardia (2016). “The Nonexceptionalism Thesis: How post 9/11 criminal justice measures fit in broader criminal justice.” The New Criminal Law Review 19(4) pp. 544-576.\s\s

F. Laguardia (2015). “Imagining the Unimaginable: Torture and Criminal Law.” The Columbia Human Rights Law Review 46(3) pp.48-103.

F. Laguardia (2015). “Special Administrative Measures: An example of counterterror excesses and their roots in U.S. criminal justice.” The Criminal Law Bulletin 51(1) pp.157-187 (2015).

Notable press includes

F. Laguardia & V. Ades (2022) "The harm we do when we force women to carry children. (July 17, 2022)

E. Massey (2021) “Why We Don’t Need a New Domestic Terror Law” Current Affairs (January 19, 2021)

B. Scher (2021) “It’s Time for a Domestic Terrorism Law” Wash. Monthly (January 14, 2021)

F. Laguardia (2019) “The Amendment that Ate The Constitution” The Daily Beast August 24, 2019. Available at

J. Hicks (2019) “We Fact-Checked 5 Horrifying Details in 'The Report,' the New Movie About Post-9/11 Torture” November 14, 2019