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Austin Sarat

Austin Sarat is associate provost and associate dean of the faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He is the author of The Death Penalty on the Ballot: American Democracy and the Fate of Capital Punishment.


Articles by Austin Sarat

September 19, 2020 5:29 am

William Barr’s Disastrous Misunderstanding of the Attorney General’s Role

In a speech on September 16 sponsored by the famously conservative Hillsdale College, William Barr offered a vigorous…
Austin Sarat
September 10, 2020 4:07 pm

Trump Says He Wanted to Avoid COVID Panic—But Panic Is His Whole Shtick

His response to Bob Woodward doesn’t fly.
Austin Sarat
September 1, 2020 5:30 am

Where Are the Defenders of Democracy?

The dangers of disparaging and distrusting our democratic system.
Austin Sarat
August 29, 2020 5:30 am

The Other Side of the College Reopening Story

COVID-19 knocked us over. Education reminds us how to stand back up.
Austin Sarat
August 21, 2020 6:02 am

What Are We Saving?

Democrats have so far failed to make the case for why democracy is worth preserving.
Austin Sarat
July 24, 2020 5:07 am

Should Bill Barr Be Disbarred?

Just look at the attorney general’s ethics violations.
Austin Sarat
July 13, 2020 5:13 am

Trump’s Commutation Corruption

Whose fault is it?
Austin Sarat
June 18, 2020 5:49 am

Abolish the Death Penalty

With the nation’s attention focused on racial injustice, now is the time to confront the racial disparity on death row.
Austin Sarat
June 10, 2020 5:13 am

How to Change Lethal Force Rules for Police

The law governing the use of lethal force by police is far too broad and ill-defined.
Austin Sarat