Associate Professor – Instructional
Daniel Silverman
615B Gladfelter Hall


Capital punishment, Sex offenses, Scholarship of teaching


I teach courses on sex crimes, the death penalty, and race and criminal justice. My background as a criminal defense attorney, with 25 years’ experience representing death row inmates, brings a unique perspective into the classroom. I am particularly interested in examining the underlying philosophical, psychological and sociological explanations for why the criminal justice system in action rarely achieves anything remotely resembling justice. I won the 2014 College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award.

Selected Publications

  • I am currently at work on a book that looks at the critical role the defense attorney plays in a functioning democracy. Part expose’, part memoir, the book examines the often ugly truth of what goes on behind the courthouse doors.

Courses Taught

  • Sex Crimes and the Law,
  • Capital Punishment
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Courts
  • Intellectual Heritage
  • Race and Criminal Justice