This semester I’ll be teaching an undergraduate seminar titled “Law and Political Thought: Punishment.” The course will introduce students to the complex role law plays in society through the issue of punishment. We’ll discuss both court cases and case-studies, focusing on the eighth amendment, and those discussions will be enriched by reading an eclectic mix of social and political thinkers. [Ad for the course is below, and a draft of the syllabus is available here.]