Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Francis Shen

University of Minnesota

Professor Francis X. Shen joined the faculty as an associate professor in 2012. He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

Professor Shen completed his B.A. in economics and English at the University of Chicago in 2000, his J.D. at Harvard Law School in 2006, and his Ph.D. in government and social policy at Harvard University and the Kennedy School of Government in 2008. During graduate school he was a doctoral fellow in the Harvard University Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation. From 2007-09, he was a teaching fellow, lecturer, and assistant director of undergraduate studies in the Harvard Department of Government and received five Certificates of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard’s Derek Bok Center.

In 2009 he joined the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project, at the University of California Santa Barbara, as a post-doctoral research fellow. In 2010-11 he became associate director of the Project and a visiting scholar at Vanderbilt Law School. In 2011-12 he was a visiting assistant professor at Tulane University Law School and The Murphy Institute.

Professor Shen conducts empirical and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of law and the brain sciences. He is co-authoring the first law coursebook on law and neuroscience (forthcoming, Aspen Publishers), and has explored the implications of cognitive neuroscience for criminal law, tort, and legislation in the United States. Additional research areas of focus are criminal law and crime policy, and education law and policy.

His research has been published in a variety of outlets in law, political science, psychology, and education, and he has made more than 50 professional presentations. He has co-authored two books, The Education Mayor (Georgetown, 2007) and The Casualty Gap (Oxford, 2010), and has authored or co-authored 14 articles and 9 book chapters.

Deborah W. Denno

Fordham University School of Law

Deborah W. Denno is the Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Neuroscience and Law Center at Fordham University School of Law. She received her BA from the University of Virginia, her MA from the University of Toronto, her PhD in sociology with a specialty in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to joining the Fordham Law faculty in 1991, Professor Denno clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as an associate at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett.

Professor Denno’s Neuroscience and Law Center provides evidence-based information to academics, lawyers, and the public about legally relevant advances in neuroscience with the goal of fostering legal scholarship and the use of neuroscience in legal circles. Also at Fordham Law, Professor Denno teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and seminars on topics such as law and neuroscience as well as advanced criminal law and advanced criminal procedure. Professor Denno has visited on the faculties of Columbia Law School and Vanderbilt Law School. She has also been a Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and a British Academy Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. In 2016, the Fordham Student Bar Association named Professor Denno Teacher of the Year. In 2007, the National Law Journal selected Professor Denno as one of its „Fifty Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.” In 2013, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ renowned magazine, The Champion, selected Professor Denno’s 2011 Michigan State Law Review article, „Courts’ Increasing Consideration of Behavioral Genetics Evidence in Criminal Cases: Results of a Longitudinal Study,” for its Getting Scholarship into Court Project

Professor Denno has published on a broad range of topics relating to criminal law, criminal procedure, neuroscience and the law, social sciences and the law, and the death penalty. She was a co-editor of, and contributor to, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice (2nd ed. Macmillan, 2002). Professor Denno has also been cited in leading medical journals, and has maintained a career-long focus on the intersection of law and science. Professor Denno frequently testifies and writes affidavits based on her findings, such as her groundbreaking discovery of the link between lead poisoning and criminal behavior as well as challenges to the methods by which lethal injection procedures are created and conducted. She serves as an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Revision of the Model Penal Code’s Sexual Assault and Related Offenses Project, and as a member of the ALI’s Consultative Groups for Sentencing and Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus. She has also been a member of the United States Sentencing Commission’s Drugs/Violence Task Force. Professor Denno has previously been recognized as Fordham University’s Top Newsmaker of the Year (2006-2007). She is often quoted in the media and has appeared on numerous television news reports and documentaries.

Fritz Strack

University of Würzburg

Fritz Strack, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Würzburg, Germany. His research focuses on reflective and impulsive processes underlying social behavior. Dr. Strack’s work has been recognized with the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Thomas M. Ostrom Award from the Person Memory Interest Group for outstanding lifetime contributions to theory and research in the field of social cognition, and the Wilhelm Wundt Medal from the German Psychological Society for outstanding achievements in the field of psychology.

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