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David Johnson, B.A. in Mathematics, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1983. M.A. in Sociology, University of Chicago, 1989. PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC-Berkeley, 1996. Fellowship, Program on US-Japan Relations, Harvard University, 1996-97.
Office Location: Saunders 217
Phone Number: 808-956-8462
Fax Number: 808-956-3707


Law & society, criminology, sociology, and Japanese studies.

Course Syllabi:


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.


I do research in law & society, criminology, and capital punishment. My books include:

"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, with Maiko Tagusari).


I like good dogs and good books and good sushi.


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