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Mugambi Jouet’s research focuses on criminal justice and comparative government from a multidisciplinary perspective. He is an expert on the distinctive historical evolution of American law, institutions, and sociopolitical culture compared to other Western democracies: Canada, European nations, Australia, and New Zealand.
His scholarship has notably analyzed mass incarceration, the death penalty, and juvenile justice. He is the author of Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other (University of California Press, 2017), a comprehensive book on the relationship between American exceptionalism and the intense polarization of modern America, from criminal justice to socioeconomic inequality and beyond.
His research on the intriguing historical evolution of criminal punishment has appeared or is forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, including the American Journal of Comparative Law, American Journal of Legal History, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and Theoretical Criminology.
Professor Mugambi Jouet has been interviewed by the media many times, such as on C-SPAN’s Book TV, National Public Radio, CBC, Radio Canada, France 24, and France Culture. His commentary has been featured in The New Republic, Slate, Boston Review, Mother Jones, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, and Le Monde, France’s flagship newspaper.
Before joining McGill in 2018, he taught at Stanford Law School for three years as a Grey Fellow. A member of the New York bar, he previously represented numerous indigent prisoners, from homicide cases to the “War on Drugs,” in Manhattan and the Bronx. He equally served as a judicial clerk at the U.N. war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague, and as an assistant clinical law instructor at Sciences Po in Paris. He has traveled widely internationally and is trilingual in English, French, and Spanish.
- Ph.D. in Law, summa cum laude, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2019
- JD, cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 2006
- MPA (Policy Analysis), New York University, 2003
- BA (History), Rice University, 2001
- Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other (University of California Press, 2017) (peer-reviewed).
- “Death Penalty Abolitionism From the Enlightenment to Modernity,” American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming 2022) (peer-reviewed).
- “Revolutionary Criminal Punishments: Treason, Mercy, and the American Revolution,” American Journal of Legal History (forthcoming 2022) (peer-reviewed).
- “Foucault, Prison, and Human Rights: A Dialectic of Theory and Criminal Justice Reform,” Theoretical Criminology (forthcoming 2021) (peer-reviewed).
- “Juveniles Are Not So Different: The Punishment of Juveniles and Adults at the Crossroads,” Federal Sentencing Reporter (forthcoming 2021) (peer-reviewed).
- “Mass Incarceration Paradigm Shift?: Convergence in an Age of Divergence,” 109 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 703 (2019).
- “Guns, Identity, and Nationhood,” 5 Nature – Palgrave Communications 138 (2019) (peer-reviewed).
- “Judging Leaders Who Facilitate Crimes by a Foreign Army: International Courts Differ on a Novel Legal Issue,” 47 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1091 (2014).
- “The Exceptional Absence of Human Rights as a Principle in American Law,” 34 Pace Law Review 688 (2014).
- “The Failed Invigoration of Argentina’s Constitution: Presidential Omnipotence, Repression, Instability, and Lawlessness in Argentine History,” 39 Inter-American Law Review 409 (2008).
- “Spain’s Expanded Universal Jurisdiction to Prosecute Human Rights Abuses in Latin America, China, and Beyond,” 35 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law (2007).
- “Reconciling the Conflicting Rights of Victims and Defendants at the International Criminal Court,” 26 St. Louis University Public Law Review 249 (2007).