Kenneth B. Nunn
Professor of Law
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center
Affirmative Action • Africa and African Studies • Bill of Rights • Campus Climate • Civil Rights • Criminal Law • Criminal Procedure • Legal Theory • Race & Race Relations • Sexual Violence • Sixth Amendment • Stand Your Ground Law •
J.D., University of California
A.B., Stanford University
Teaching and Scholarship
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Race Relations and the Law, Police Brutality, Race and the Criminal Process and Law and Cultural Studies.
- University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 1990 as Assistant Professor; Advisor to Black Law Student Association (1990-2002), Advisor to Trial Team (1990-94, 1999-2002). Named Associate Professor (1993-95), Professor of Law (1995-present), Teacher of the Year (1996), Professor of the Year (1998) and Associate Dean (1999-2000).
- Visiting Faculty: Makerere University Faculty of Law (1997, Kampala, Uganda); Washington and Lee University School of Law (1998).
- Legal Practice: Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender (San Francisco, Calif., 1985-86), Staff Attorney, Southern Africa Project, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, D.C., 1986-87), Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service (Washington, D.C., 1987-90).
- Professional Affiliations: Board of Directors, Florida Institutional Legal Services, Inc.; Gainesville Area ACLU Legal Panel; Association of American Law Schools, Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers; Cooperating Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; American Bar Association; ABA Criminal Justice Section, Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System Committee co-chair and Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Committee; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Executive Committee, National Association for Public Interest Law; Bar of the District of Columbia; State Bar of California.
- Substantive law of crimes, including principles of punishment, elements of typical crimes, responsibility and defenses.
- Covers commencement of formal criminal proceedings; bail, the decision to prosecute, the grand jury, the preliminary hearing, venue, joinder and severance, and speedy trial.
- Police as a social institution, including personnel, bureaucratic structure and incentives. Also covers police practices such as arrest, search, seizure, wiretapping, eavesdropping, use of informers, entrapment, confessions and lineups.
- Associate Editor for Law and Society, MacMillan Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (Thomson Pub., 2007).
Chapters in Books
- “Still Up On the Roof: Race, Victimology and the Response to Hurricane Katrina,” in Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster(Jeremy I. Levitt & Matthew C. Whitaker, eds.) (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2009).
- “Rosewood,” in When Sorry isn’t Enough: The Controversy over Apologies and Reparations for Human Injustices (Roy L. Brooks, ed., 1999).
- “The Black Nationalist Cure to Disproportionate Minority Contact,” in Justice For Kids: Keeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System (Nancy Dowd, ed.) (NYU Press, 2011
- “The ‘R-Word’: A Tribute to Derrick Bell,” 22 Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 431 (2011)
- “Diversity As a Dead End,” 35 Pepp. L. Rev. 705 (2008).
- “Foreword: New Explorations in Culture and Crime—Definitions, Theory, Method,” 17 Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y vii (2006).
- “Diversity Matters: Race, Gender & Ethnicity in Legal Education,” 15 Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 11 (2003). [SSRN]
- “Race, Crime and the Pool of Surplus Criminality: Or Why the War on Drugs Was a War on Blacks,” 6 Iowa J. Gender Race & Just. 381 (2002), excerpted and reprinted in Structured Inequality in the United States: Critical Discussions on the Continuing Significance of Race, Ethnicity and Gender (Aguirre & Baker, eds., 2d ed. 2007).
- Panelist, “Fourth Anniversary Commemoration of Hurricane Katrina: ‘America’s Natural Disaster,’” Center for International Law and Justice, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL (Sept. 3, 2009).
- Paper, “Barack Obama and the New Politics of Race: ‘Plus a Change, Plus C’est la Meme Chose’,” presented at Roundtable—Changing the Game: Barack Obama and the New Politics of Race, Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colo. (May 29, 2009).