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Jesse Cheng Joins DePaul Law as Assistant Professor

Jesse Cheng
Professor Jesse Cheng, JD/PhD, a noted scholar of capital defense mitigation, restorative justice, and empathy and the law, will join the DePaul Law Faculty in July 2022 as an assistant professor of law. Professor Cheng will teach courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and race and the law.

Professor Cheng’s research investigates the cultivation of empathy for individuals from vulnerable populations with a focus on how criminal defense advocates can overcome barriers to empathy toward capitally charged defendants. His work, published in leading interdisciplinary journals including Law & Social Inquiry and Law, Culture and the Humanities, builds on his nearly decade-long experience as a private criminal defense attorney specializing in capital sentencing.

Professor Cheng’s newest work takes on violence against Asian Americans. He argues that the emerging use of restorative justice can be powerfully described as critical race theory in action: restorative approaches aim for deeper, broader and more self-reflective kinds of accountability while promoting cross-racial solidarity. His scholarship draws on the findings of his engaged field research with the organization Stop AAPI Hate.

Professor Cheng also is a frequent contributor to the popular press, having written op-eds for publications such as the New York Daily News and USA Today.

Professor Cheng earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. He comes to DePaul from the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University, where he has taught popular courses in criminal law, capital punishment, and empathy and law.

We are thrilled to welcome Professor Cheng to the DePaul Law community.