- Additional Positions at AU
- Associate Professor
- BA Psychology, Indiana University; JD University of Missouri
- 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?”
Area of Expertise
Litigation public relations, death penalty issues, capital punishment
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).