Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He will teach Special Problems in Criminal Law: Punishment. Professor Sarat earned his B.A. from Providence College, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and J.D. from Yale Law School. Professor Sarat is author or editor of more than 50 books, including When the State Kills: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture; Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyers (with Stuart Scheingold); Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies and the Law: Moving Beyond Legal Realism (with Jonathan Simon); Looking Back at Law's Century (with Robert Kagan and Bryant Garth); Law, Violence, and the Possibility of Justice; Pain, Death, and the Law; The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society; and Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution. He is currently writing a book titled Hollywood's Law: What Movies Do for Democracy.