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David Johnson

David Johnson



B.A. in Mathematics, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1983, Summa Cum Laude.

M.A. in Sociology, University of Chicago, 1989.

PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC-Berkeley, 1996.

Post-Doc Fellowship, Program on US-Japan Relations, Harvard University, 1996-97.

Co-Editor, Law & Society Review, 2011-2012-2013. >



I do research in law & society, criminology, and capital punishment. My books are:

"The Japanese Way Of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan" (Oxford University Press, 2002). Received awards from American Society of Criminology and American Sociological Association.

"The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia" (Oxford University Press, 2009, with Franklin Zimring). Received honorable mention from American Society of Criminology.

"Koritsu Suru Nihon no Shikei" [Japan's Isolated Death Penalty] (Gendai Jinbunsha, 2012).

I also have written many articles about crime & punishment and law & society in Japan. Three of my articles about capital punishment in Japan (published in Sekai in Japanese) have been named “Editor’s Choice” articles of the month by Japan’s newspaper of record, Asahi Shimbun (“Is Death Different?” in October 2011, “Killing Asahara” in October 2012, and “Hanging in Japan” (with Kenji Nagata) in February & March 2014).

Good books and good dogs.



Law & society, criminology, sociology, and Japanese studies.

Read good books. One good book is "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer (2009), which observes that 63 percent of U.S. households own a pet, and 10 billion land animals are slaughtered for food every year in America.



SOC 333 (Spring 2018) : Survey of Criminology - Download

SOC 432 (Spring 2018) : Analysis in Corrections - Download

SOC 357 (Fall 2016) : Sociology of Japan - Download