Department of Public Affairs
Henry H. and Trudye Fowler Professor of Public Affairs
Office: West Hall 212
Credentials: Curriculum Vitae
Welcome to my webpage. I have been a member of the Department of Public Affairs since September, 2002. A 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University (B.A., Philosophy), I earned my law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law (1994) and my Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University (2003). After graduating from law school, I had the honor of serving as a law clerk to federal district court judge Thomas M. Shanahan and federal magistrate judge Glen Conrad.
Before coming to Roanoke College, I was a senior associate in the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of Hawkins & Parnell, LLP. As an attorney, I specialized in toxic tort litigation. As a teacher, I try to apply the practical experiences gained in the practice of law to my law-related courses and my pre-law advising. For the last several years, my research interests have included the study of judicial institutions and the death penalty. My publications include Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of Supreme Court Law Clerks (Stanford University Press, 2006) - which examines the changing role of law clerks on the United States Supreme Court - and Anatomy of An Execution: The Life and Execution of Douglas Christopher Thomas (University Press of New England, 2009) - which explores the life and death of the second-to-last juvenile offender to be executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. My co-author is Laura Anderson, Chris Thomas's former high school teacher and death row spiritual advisor. I have just finished co-editing "In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices," which will be published in April of 2012 by the University of Virginia Press.