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Richard Stack

Associate Professor School of Communication

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  • Associate Professor
Richard Stack is a full-time professor of Public Communication. He began researching the interaction of courts and media after his work in the Public Defenders Office revealed the criminal justice system’s frequent mistakes. His first books pioneered litigation communication. His third and most recent-- Dead Wrong: Violence, Vengeance & Victims of Capital Punishment--applies theories of public relations to influence opinion about capital punishment. In it, Stack reframes the national debate from, “Does the death penalty deter crime?” to “Can we trust government to make irreversible, life-and-death decisions, when it errs so often?”


BA Psychology, Indiana University; JD University of Missouri

SOC - School of Communication
McKinley - 205
Contact Info
(202) 885-2856

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For the Media
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  • Fall 2018

  • Spring 2019

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Litigation public relations, public-service public relations, domestic hunger, death penalty issues, capital punishment

Additional Information:

Richard Stack has written Litigation Public Relations: Courting Public Opinion (1995); Courts, Counselors, and Correspondents: A Media Relations Analysis of the Legal System (1998); and Dead Wrong: Violence, Vengeance, and the Victims of Capital Punishment (2006).

Media Relations
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