Danny LaChance is the recipient of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's "Best Dissertation Award" in the Humanities & Fine Arts for 2011. His dissertation, Condemned To Be Free: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1945--Present, explores "the waning of capital punishment in the immediate post-World War II period and its resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s." His research shows that "the migration of Americans' sense of political community away from the public sphere and a concomitant resurgence of individualism in the post-World War II period played an under-examined role in the growth of the American demand for capital punishment."
LaChance's dissertation has also been nominated for the national "Distinguished Dissertation in the Humanities" award given by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).
LaChance will be an assistant professor of political science, teaching within the legal studies program, beginning Fall 2011.
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