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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.

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I have been teaching in the UH Manoa Department of Sociology since 1997, and I am an adjunct professor in the UH Manoa Richardson School of Law. >



I do research on law & society, the sociology of law, 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).

"Nihon no Shikei" [Capital Punishment in Japan] (Iwanami Shinsho, 2019, forthcoming).

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 the journal Sekai) 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).

Reading, hiking, dogs, hockey.



Law & society, criminology, 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 (that's about 30 land animals per American per year). Another is "The Overstory" by Richard Powers (2018), a novel which suggests that trees do most of the things humans do, just more slowly.


Awards & Honors

Honors and Awards (2018) : Fulbright Fellowship for Japan (1992-94). Abe Fellowship for Japan (1999-2001). University of Hawaii Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000). Fulbright Scholar for Japan (2003-04). Center for Global Partnership/Japan Foundation grant (2006-07). U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics grant (2008). National Police Agency of Japan Police Policy Research Center grant (2010). Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (2010-11). Japan Foundation Fellowship (2017). Co-Editor, Law & Society Review, 2011-2012-2013. Fellows Award, Western Society of Criminology (2014). Book awards from the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association for "The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan" (Oxford, 2002). Book award honorable mention from the American Society of Criminology for "The Next Frontier: National Development, Political Change, and the Death Penalty in Asia" (Oxford, 2009, with Franklin E. Zimring).



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

SOC 374 (Fall 2018) : Law, Politics, and Society - Download
  Cross Listed: PolSci 374

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