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Sherod Thaxton : Curriculum Vitae



Emory University
PhD, Sociology, 2009
MA, Sociology, 2000

  • Dissertation: The Social Geometry of Death: Social Structure and Capital Punishment in Georgia, 1993 – 2000 (Finalist for the American Sociological Association's Best Dissertation Award, 2010)
  • Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellowship, American Bar Foundation
  • Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship, Open Society Institute
  • Adrian Worley Brown Fellowship in Southern Studies (formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Southern Studies)
  • Charles E. Culpeper Foundation Fellowship

University of Chicago Law School
JD, 2008

  • John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics
  • Public Interest Law Award
  • Member, University of Chicago Law Review
  • Member, University of Chicago Legal Forum
  • Student Delegate, 46th Annual International Academy of Achievement Summit

University of California at Davis
BA, Political Science,1997

  • Research Assistant to Professor John H. Stanfield, Departments of Sociology and African American/African Studies, 1997
  • Research Assistant to Professor John O. Stewart, Departments of Anthropology and African American/African Studies, 1996 – 1997


University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
Dickerson Fellow and Lecturer in Law, September 2011 – present

Office of the Federal Defender, Eastern District of California, Sacramento, California
Staff Attorney, September 2008 – August 2011

Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Atlanta, Georgia
Summer Law Clerk, 2006 & 2007

American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow, September 2003 – June 2005

Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation, New York, New York
Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellow, September 2002 – August 2004

Office of the Multi-County Public Defender, Atlanta, Georgia
Principal Investigator, Death Penalty Tracking Project, August 1998 – August 2004


Supreme Court of California; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit