About S. Mitchell
Professor Mitchell is an interdisciplinary scholar. He examines the criminal justice system using a sociological lens specifically focusing on the collateral consequences of sentencing; ex-offender reentry and reintegration; and felon disenfranchisement. His other scholarship includes articles on zero-tolerance policies; and the retroactive application of laws. He has served on numerous academic and public panels and been interviewed and quoted in a variety of news outlets.
He joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2006. Prior to joining the legal academy, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, formerly of the U.S. District Court and as a Scholar in Residence in the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is an affiliate faculty member of the MU Black Studies and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of the Sociology Department. He has served as the Chair of the University of Missouri System on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and the University of Missouri Faculty Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
He is a member of the American Law Institute. He is a member of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serving as Chair from 2016-2017, and has served as a Missouri Supreme Court Faculty Fellow. He has been recognized for his teaching and service as a recipient of the Gold Chalk Award; the Legion of Black Collegians Minority Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award; the 2014-2015 Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet Honoree; the MU President’s Community Engagement Award; and the Missouri Lawyer’s Media Diversity and Inclusion Award. He was also recently inducted into the Rollins Society at the University of Missouri.
Latest News Featuring S. Mitchell
- Professor David Mitchell awarded the 2023 Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence
- Mizzou Law Blazing Trails for 150 Years
- Policing and Criminal Justice Reform: A Conversation with Dean Mitchell and Rafael Mangual
- Professor Crouch comments on Supreme Court ruling
- Professor Mitchell Becomes an American Bar Foundation Fellow
Latest Publications from S. Mitchell
- Ferguson: Footnote or Transformative Event?
- Notice(ing) Ex-Offenders: A Case Study of the Manifest Injustice of Passively Violating a “Felon-in-Possession” Statute
- Zero Tolerance Policies: Criminalizing Childhood and Disenfranchising the Next Generation of Citizens
- Blanket Retroactive Amelioration: A Remedy for Disproportionate Punishments
- 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)