S. David Mitchell

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law

BA, Brown University, '91
MA, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, '99
JD, University of Pennsylvania, '02
Ph.D, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, '12

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professor Mitchell is an interdisciplinary scholar who looks at the criminal justice system using a sociological lens. Some of the specific topics of interest on which his scholarship focuses are the collateral consequences of sentencing, ex-offender reentry, and felon disenfranchisement.

He joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2006, after two years as a Scholar in Residence in the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is an affiliate member of the MU Black Studies Program and a Policy Research Scholar with the MU Institute for Public Policy. He was recently the Chair of the UM System on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Prior to joining the academy, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, formerly of the U.S. District Court.

He is a member of the American Law Institute. He has served as the Chair of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a Missouri Supreme Court Faculty Fellow. During his tenure, he has been recognized for his teaching – Gold Chalk Award (2009) and his service – Legion of Black Collegians Minority Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award (2011); the 2014-2015 Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet Honoree; and the MU President’s Community Engagement Award (2015).

Latest News

Professor Mitchell Becomes an American Bar Foundation Fellow

Mizzou Law Faculty Presenting at AALS Annual Meeting

Professor Mitchell Interviewed About Felon Disenfranchisement

Professor Mitchell Presented Paper on the New Urban Agenda

Professor Mitchell Reappointed to Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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Most Recent Publications

Ferguson: Footnote or Transformative Event?, 80 MISSOURI LAW REVIEW 943 (2015).

Notice(ing) Ex-Offenders: A Case Study of the Manifest Injustice of Passively Violating a "Felon-in-Possession" Statute, 2015 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 289 (2015)

Zero Tolerance Policies: Criminalizing Childhood and Disenfranchising the Next Generation of Citizens, 92 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 271 (2014).

Blanket Retroactive Amelioration: A Remedy for Disproportionate Punishments, 40 FORDHAM URBAN LAW JOURNAL CITY SQUARE 14 (2013)

Unintended Consequences?: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Obstacles That Prevent Successful Ex-offender Reentry and Reintegration and the Societal Impact (Order No. 3551720, University of Pennsylvania), PROQUEST DISSERTATIONS AND THESES, 230 (2012)

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