This week's guest blogger is John Pfaff (Fordham). Before joining the Fordham Law faculty, John was the John M. Olin Fellow at the Northwestern University School of Law and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He received his BA in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1997, where he also received his JD in 2002 and PhD (Economics) in 2005.
Professor Pfaff's research focuses on empirical questions related to criminal law and sentencing and, more generally, on the application of social science techniques to criminal law and policy. His most current projects include a study of how state legislatures might effectively redesign their sentencing regimes in the wake of Blakely, and a paper examining the forces which have driven the explosive growth of the US prison population over the past thirty years.