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Renee Souris

Professorial Lecturer Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

Renee Nicole Souris, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Justice, Law and Society with a second field in Political Theory from AU's School of Public Affairs in May 2014. Broadly speaking, her research examines the relation between moral development and moral and criminal responsibility. Her dissertation was motivated by the question of how to think about the moral and criminal responsibility of adult soldiers who were kidnapped or forcibly recruited to fight as children in extreme armed groups in Africa. Renee has taught several courses in political and legal theory both for the Department of Government and for the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology (previously, Justice, Law and Society). Moreover, she has also worked for the United States Sentencing Commission of the U.S. Federal Government and conducted research with a small think tank at The George Washington University.


B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Bucknell University M.S., Law and Society, American University Ph.D., Justice, Law and Society, American University

Favorite Spot on Campus
The classroom during class!
SPA - Government
Hurst - 206C
Contact Info
(202) 885-6551

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  • Fall 2017

    • GNED-140 General Education Area 4 Topic: Criminal Law and Theory
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    • IDIS-196 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: AU Scholars Experientl Learn
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  • Spring 2018

    • IDIS-151 AU Scholars Resrch Experience: The ICC Examined
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