Experts Guide — Crime

Economics of law, crime, or the environment — The diminishment of fathers — Deterrent effects of crime and capital punishment — Sources of the solid waste problem — The dating process
Dave Anderson

Blazer Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

Grant-supported research on legal policy, dispute resolution, enviromental economics, and the economics of crime. See personal Web page for a list of 25 articles and books. Student-assisted research includes studies of the aggregate burden of crime, new settlement-encouraging legal rules, the sources of our solid waste problem, and innovative teaching, active learning, and evaluation systems.



Legal psychology — Changes of venue in high profile criminal cases — Difficulty of recognizing
juror bias in voir dire (jury selection) — Psychology of gender — Sex bias in language — Female under-representation and father invisibility in children’s books — Son/daughter preference
Mykol Hamilton

Stodghill Professor of Psychology
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., San Jose State University;
M.A., Ph.D., University of California

Scholarly interests focus on changes of venue in highly publicized criminal cases, juror bias, female under-representation and father invisibility in children’s books, sex bias in language, and son/daughter preference. Research on AIDS issues related to people's attitudes toward homosexuality. Has frequently delivered papers at scholarly conferences, including an invited address on her research on AIDS risk perception. Co-author, with David Anderson, of “Gender Role Stereotyping of Parents in Children's Picture Books: The Invisible Father.” Recently presented paper at the American Psychology-Law Society conference called “Lies, Damn Lies, and Voir Dire: Uncovering Prospective Juror Bias in Highly Publicized Cases.”



Organic chemistry — Chemical education — Computational chemistry — Structure-based drug discovery
Jennifer Muzyka

Professor of Chemistry
B.S., University of Dallas; Ph.D., University of Texas

An organic chemist working on a collaborative interdisciplinary team to discover inhibitors of MurA, a bacterial enzyme important in the synthesis of cell walls. Committed to working with students in collaborative research. Develops web-based applications to help students learn organic chemistry.