Associate Chair, Professor
Sociology and Criminal Justice
342 Smith Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Email Dr. Rise
(Ph.D., University of Florida)
Eric Rise, associate professor and associate chair, specializes
in American constitutional and legal history. His research focuses on
two general areas: the development of civil rights and civil liberties
in the United States and the history of courts and judicial institutions.
He has written books and articles on the federal courts, the Supreme
Court of Florida, and racial discrimination in the criminal justice
system. He is now writing a history of freedom of expression in the
United States. In addition, he is an associate editor American Journal
of Legal History. He has been at the University of Delaware since 1992,
teaching courses in constitutional history, the history of crime and
criminal justice, criminal procedure, and the criminal court process.
The Supreme Court of Florida and Its Predecessor Courts, 1819-1917.
(With Walter Manley and Canter Brown, Jr.). Gainesville: University
Press of Florida, 1998.
The Martinsville Seven: Race, Rape, and Capital Punishment.
Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1995.
From Local Courts to National Tribunals: The Federal District
Courts of Florida, 1821-1989. (With Kermit L. Hall). Brooklyn, N.Y.:
Carlson Publishing Company, 1991.
"Race, Rape, and Radicalism: The Case of the Martinsville
Seven, 1949-1951," The Journal of Southern History 63 (August 1992):
"Red Menaces and Drinking Buddies: Student Activism
at the University of Florida, 1936-1939," The Historian 48 (August
Courses Regularly Taught:
CRJU 202: Problems of the Criminal Judiciary
This course provides an overview of the role of trial
and appellate courts in the American criminal justice system. In addition
to reviewing the basic legal concepts and procedural stages that underlie
the criminal courts, students will examine research findings on the
behavior of judges, juries, prosecutors, defense attorneys, defendants,
victims, and other key actors in the judicial process.
CRJU/HIST 312: Crime and Punishment in American
This course examines the social, institutional, and legal
development of crime and criminal justice in the United States from
colonial times to the present. It investigates the varieties of human
behavior that have been defined as "criminal" at various points
in this nation's history, and it considers how changing cultural assumptions
about crime have shaped the legal and institutional responses to the
problem of crime. It also asks students to ponder whether historical
analysis can contribute to our understanding of contemporary issues
of crime and criminal justice policy.
CRJU/HIST 324: American Constitutional History
This course examines the development of American constitutionalism
since Reconstruction. It emphasizes the efforts of a variety of institutions
and constituencies--the Supreme Court, Congress and the presidency,
state courts and legislatures, lawyers, legal theorists, and special
interest groups--to shape the Constitution to accommodate the changing
needs of an urban, industrial, multicultural society. Among the themes
that we examine are the growth of the Supreme Court's power of judicial
review; the rise of executive authority and regulatory bureaucracy;
the emergence of "rights consciousness" among individuals
and groups in the twentieth century; and the limits of the Court's power
to effect social change.
CRJU 375: Criminal Procedure
This course provides an overview of the constitutional
law governing the criminal process from arrest through trial, with an
emphasis on search and seizure, self-incrimination, right to counsel,
right to confrontation, and right to jury trial. It aims to familiarize
students with the theoretical principles, historical developments, and
policy debates that have shaped the interpretation and application of
the guarantees of the Bill of Rights concerning criminal defendants.
LEST/CRJU 301: Introduction to Legal Studies
This course is designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary
study of law and legal institutions. Its purpose is to expose students
to the ways in which scholars and writers in a variety of fields--anthropology,
economics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology,
and sociology--have examined law-related phenomena to help them understand
broader social and cultural issues. Topics include jurisprudence, legal
reasoning, the rule of law, legal education, law and social change,
trial by jury, and the litigation "explosion."
SOCI 637: Law and Society in Historical Perspective
This course is a graduate seminar examining the social
history of law, crime, and legal institutions in the United States from
colonial times to the present. It focuses on the role that law has historically
played in allocating resources, structuring social relationships, and
distributing political power. It also examines the ways in which legal
rules and institutions have changed in response to social, political,
and economic transformations