First Conference for the Center for Death Penalty Studies

The Future of Death Penalty

Conference Schedule

Event Date & Location:
April 12, 2022
Lamar University, 8th floor of the Mary and John Gray Library

Hotel Accommodations:
MCM Elegante Hotel
2355 I-10 Beaumont, TX 77705
**Please mention "Lamar University SSCI Room Block" for a discounted rate of $89/night for a deluxe king or double room with breakfast.
Phone reservations: (409) 842-3600

Keynote Speaker:
Franklin Zimring, UC Berkeley Law Professor and pioneer in the field of death penalty studies

Sanaz Alasti, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of Center for Death Penalty Studies at Lamar University 

Registration: FREE
Please email your name and affiliation to
Registration is open to scholars, practitioners, students and the public.

Call for Presentation: 
Scholars from any discipline, practitioners, tenured or non-tenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the conference. Please email your abstract of 200 words or less to by Saturday, March 12.


Conference Information

The Center for Death Penalty Studies at Lamar University has researched, written about, and made presentations about the death penalty for the past eight years, and the death penalty conference will be the world's leading death penalty event in terms of its scope and ambition. It brings together politicians, activists, lawyers, researchers, etc. who are involved in the death penalty research and cases.

The conference is striving to achieve the following aims:

  1. To provide information about the application of the death penalty in the U.S. and Internationally;
  2. assist in developing an informed position on capital punishment
  3. produce a better understanding of capital punishment laws in Texas and Middle Eastern and Asian countries;
  4. support national and regional abolitionist forces.