David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and a professor of sociology, has won the 2010 PROSE Award in the category of law and legal studies for Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition. Garland’s book explores the reasons why capital punishment has persisted in the United States, even though most Western countries abolished it long ago.

The PROSE Awards, sponsored by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), were presented at the PSP’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on February 3. With more than 300 members, the AAP is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry.

Posted on February 15, 2011