Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips

Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Sociology and Criminology

What I do

Scott Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver.

Professional Biography

Scott Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. He is engaged in two lines of scholarship – one empirical, one theoretical. His empirical research focuses on the arbitrary administration of capital punishment, and contributes to enduring questions about whether the death penalty is constitutional and just. His theoretical research focuses on Donald Black's new and innovative ideas regarding conflict, and contributes to our understanding of how people handle grievances with one another. He teaches the following courses: Capital Punishment; Conflict and the Law; Crime over Time; Criminology; Statistics; and Wrongful Conviction.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia, 2000
  • MA, Sociology, Louisiana State University, 1996
  • BA, History, Texas Christian University, 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology

Media Sources

Research

Professor Phillips' research examines two topics: capital punishment and conflict management. His research on capital punishment examines whether the death penalty is imposed arbitrarily, focusing on both random and patterned forms of arbitrariness. His research on conflict management draws on Donald Black's new and innovative ideas regarding social time and the handling of grievances.

Featured Publications

Phillips, S., & Cooney, M. (2015). The Electronic Pillory: Social Time and Hostility Toward Capital Murderers. Law and Society Review, 49, 725-759.
Phillips, S. (2009). Status disparities in the capital of capital punishment. Law and Society Review , 43(4), 807-837.
Phillips, S., Hagan, J., & Rodriguez, N. (2006). Brutal borders? Examining the treatment of deportees during arrest and detention. Social Forces, 85(1), 93-110.
Phillips, S., & Cooney, M. (2005). Aiding peace, abetting violence: Third parties and the management of conflict. American Sociological Review , 70(2), 334-354.
Phillips, S. (2003). The social structure of vengeance: A test of Black’s model. Criminology, 41(3), 673-708.

Presentations

  • Aiding peace, abetting violence: Third parties and the management of conflict
  • The Worst of the Worst: Heinous Crimes and Erroneous Evidence
  • The Electronic Pillory: Social Time and Hostility Toward Capital Murderers
  • The Irredeemable Self: The Socio-Legal Construction of Executable Subjects
  • Racial disparities in the capital of capital punishment

Awards

  • University of Denver Campus Life Award, University of Denver
  • Law and Society Association Article of the Year, Law and Society Association
  • ASA Sociology of Law Graduate Student Paper Competition, ASA