Evan Mandery

Evan Mandery

Professor & Chairperson
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JD Harvard Law School

AB Harvard College


Evan Mandery is the chairperson of the department of criminal justice and an expert on the death penalty.  He is the author of three novels and three works of non-fiction including, most recently, A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America (W.W. Norton).



Non-Fiction Books


Mandery, E. (2013). A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America. New York, NY: W.W. Norton

Mandery, E. (2005). Capital Punishment: a Balanced Examination. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Mandery, E. (1999). The Campaign: Rudy Giuliani, Ruth Messinger, Al Sharpton and the Race to be Mayor of New York City. New York: Westview. (Published in paperback as Eyes on City Hall).



Mandery, E. (2011). Q.  New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Mandery, E. (2010). First Contact (Or It’s Later Than You Think)—Parrot Sketch Excluded. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Mandery, E. (2007). Dreaming of Gwen Stefani. Brooklyn, NY: Ig.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Shlosberg, A., Mandery, E., West, V., and Callaghan, B. (2014). Expungement and Post-Exoneration Offending. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 104, 353-388.

Pezzella, F., Paladino, A., Zoller, C., and Mandery, E. (2014). The Efficacy of Student Learning in Large-sized Criminal Justice Preparatory Classes. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 25, 1-25.

Mandery, E., Shlosberg, A., West, V., and Callaghan, B. (2013). Compensation Statutes and Post-Exoneration Offending. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 103, 553-584.

Kennedy-Kollar, D. & Mandery, E. (2010). Testing the Marshall Hypothesis and its antithesis: The effect of biased information on death-penalty opinion. Criminal Justice Studies, 23, 65-83.

Professional Journal Articles

Mandery, E & Kennedy, D. (2011). A New Direction for Criminal Justice Education. The Criminologist, 36, 1-6.

Law Review Articles

Mandery, E. and Shemtob, Z. (2014). Supreme Convolution: The Capital Cases and the Nature of Supreme Court Decision Making. New England Law Journal, 48, 711-747.

Mandery, E. (2014) Foreword. New England Law Journal, 48, 679-681.

Shlosberg, A., Mandery, E., and West, V. (2012). The Expungement Myth. Albany Law Review, 75, 1229-1237.

Darehshori, S., Kirchmeier, J., Brady, C. & Mandery, E. (2006). Empire State Injustice. Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, 4, 85-120.

Mandery, E. (2005). Efficiency Considerations of Compensating the Wrongfully Convicted. Criminal Law Bulletin, 41, 287-301.

Mandery, E. (2004). Notions of Symmetry and Self in Death Penalty Jurisprudence. Stanford Law & Policy Review, 15, 471-518.

Mandery, E. (2003). The Principles of Proportionality Review. Criminal Law Bulletin, 39, 157-193.

Mandery, E. (2002). In Defense of Specific Proportionality Review. Albany Law Review, 65, 883-934.

Mandery, E. (1996). Due Process Considerations of In-Court Identifications. Albany Law Review, 60, 389-424.

Mandery, E. (1994). Qualified Immunity or Absolute Impunity: The Moral Hazards of Extending Qualified Immunity to Lower-Level Public Officials. Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 17, 479-520.

Law Review Commentaries

Mandery, E. (2007). Executing the Insane, Retribution and Temporal Justice. Criminal Law Bulletin, 43, 981-985.

Mandery, E. (2007). Cruel Shoes, Cruel Mothers and the Structured Consideration of Mitigating Evidence. Criminal Law Bulletin, 43, 394-407.

Mandery, E. (2006). A Human Death: Legal and Ethical Restraints on Methods of Execution. Criminal Law Bulletin, 42, 721-729.

Mandery, E. (2006). Mercy and Contrition. Criminal Law Bulletin, 42, 339-346.

Mandery, E. (2004). Massachusetts and the Changing Debate on the Death Penalty. Criminal Law Bulletin, 40, 518-522.

Mandery, E. (2004). Innocence as a Death Penalty Issue. Criminal Law Bulletin, 40, 78-82.

Mandery, E. (2003). Federalism and the Death Penalty. Albany Law Review, 66, 809-813.

Book Chapters & Forewords

Mandery, E. (2011). Foreword to the Quid Pro Books edition of M. Meltsner, Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment: Quid Pro.

Mandery, E. (2006). Foreword. In R. Pilgrim & J. Sorensen, Lethal Injection (pp. ix-xi). Austin: University of Texas.

Book Reviews

Mandery, E. (2007). Death Lawyering. [Review of the book Litigating in the Shadow of Death]. Law and Politics Book Review, 17, 147-149.


Mandery, E. (2014, November 2).The Missing Campus Climate Debate. The New York Times, p. SR5.

Mandery, E. (2014, July 24). Gambling With Death. Slate.

Mandery, E. (2014, May 6). Why I’m Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action). Huffington Post.

Mandery, E. (2014, April 24). End College Legacy Preferences. The New York Times, p.A25.




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