Catherine M. Grosso

Professor of Law

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 417
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Professor Grosso’s interdisciplinary scholarship examines the role of race and other extralegal factors in criminal investigations, trials, and the administration of capital punishment.

Her recent work examines the persistent role of race in jury selection and in charging and sentencing decisions relating to capital punishment.

Her National Science Foundation-sponsored project with Prof. Barbara O’Brien analyzed the ways stereotypes influence voir dire in capital cases. A third line of work empirically evaluates the success of death penalty statutes in fulfilling the Eighth Amendment narrowing requirements.

Professor Grosso is also the consulting editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, a virtual home for exoneration stories and also an accessible, searchable statistical database about the cases; and was co-president of Society of American Law Teachers from 2020-2022.

Professor Grosso was elected to the American Law Institute in 2022. She also has taught at Birzeit University in Palestine; and the University of Illinois College of Law. She studied at Earlham College and the University of Iowa College of Law.

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J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
B.A. Earlham College