John F Stinneford

John F. Stinneford

Professor of Law
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0959

(352) 392-3005

Professor Stinneford teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law, with a particular focus on the original meaning of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause. His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Virginia Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review. He has won several national awards for his writing, and has been cited by United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.), state supreme courts, federal courts of appeal, and numerous scholars.

Before joining the Florida faculty in 2009, Stinneford clerked for the Hon. James Moran of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, served as an Assistant United States Attorney, and practiced law with Winston & Strawn in Chicago. Stinneford teaches first-year courses in criminal law and constitutional law, and upper-level courses in criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and Law & Literature. He has thrice been voted faculty graduation speaker by the third-year class at Florida, and has twice been a finalist for Professor of the Year.

Professor Stinneford's Scholarship can be found on:


J.D., Harvard Law School; M.A., Harvard University; B.A., University of Virginia.

Teaching and Scholarship

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sentencing
  • Constitutional Law

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2009 as Assistant Professor
  • Admitted to Practice: Illinois, Ohio, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Constitutional Law (4 credits) - LAW 5501

Criminal Law (3 credits) - LAW 3100

Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices (3 credits) - LAW 6111

Federal Criminal Law (3 credits) - LAW 6302

Law and Literature


  • WHITE COLLAR CRIME: PROCEDURES, THEORY, AND PRACTICE (2d ed.), with teacher’s manual (Aspen) (forthcoming 2016) (Co-Author: Michael Seigel)


  • Dividing Crime, Multiplying Punishments, 48 U.C. Davis Law Review 1955 (2015)
  • The “Not a Search” Game, 38 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 17 (2014) (invited)
  • Death, Desuetude, and Original Meaning, 56 William & Mary Law Review 531 (2014)
  • The Illusory Eighth Amendment, 63 American University Law Review 437 (2013).
  • Youth Matters: Miller v. Alabama and the Future of Juvenile Sentencing, 11 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2013) (invited).
  • Punishment without Culpability, 101 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 653 (2012) (invited).
  • Rethinking Proportionality under the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, 97 Virginia Law Review 899 (2011)(winner, Association of American Law Schools Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholars Call for Papers Competition).
  • Evolving Away from Evolving Standards of Decency, 23 Federal Sentencing Reporter 87 (2010).
  • The Original Meaning of ‘Unusual’: The Eighth Amendment as a Bar to Cruel Innovation, 102 Northwestern University Law Review 1739 (2008) (chosen for presentation at the 2008 Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum; winner, SEALS 2008 Call for Papers competition).
  • Incapacitation through Maiming: Chemical Castration, the Eighth Amendment, and the Denial of Human Dignity, 3 University of St. Thomas Law Journal 559 (2006) (symposium).
  • Subsidiarity, Federalism, and Federal Prosecution of Street Crime, 2 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 495 (2005) (symposium) (peer-reviewed).