• Milton Heumann
  • Milton Heumann
  • Distinguished Professor and Prelaw Advisor
  • Subfield: Public Law
  • Office: Hickman Hall - 405
  • Phone: 732 735-8254
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  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Specialties:

    Public Law, Criminal Justice, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Policy Analysis

  • Graduate Content:
  • Program in Public Law
  • Bio:

    Professor Heumann received a BA from Brooklyn College in 1968, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1976. He taught as an assistant and associate professor at the University of Michigan from 1973-1980, was a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale Law School from `1980-81, and has been a Professor (1981) , and then Distinguished Professor (2013) at Rutgers until the present. He was Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rutges from 1997-2003. During the 1980' and 1990's he was also an occasional Visiting Lecturer ( for courses on criminal sentencing) at Yale Law School. Professor Heumann has written extensively in the field of criminal justice, and more recently also in the area of the "right to privacy." In recent years, he frequently collaborates with undergraduate and graduate student in his research projects. Currently, he is working with several students, a former graduate student, and an attorney on a study of judicial "creative sentences." Professor Heuman has been the Rutgers New Brunswick Prelaw Advisor since 1987,, and is also Advisor to many of the prelaw , and law related groups , on campus. In this capacity he meets weekly with students, and helps negotiate the application process to law school. Moreover he hosts an annual careers in law program which brings attorneys, judges, and law students to campus to discuss their careers, and to meet directly with our students. Much of Professor Heumann's research has been on criminal justice issues--most notably plea bargaining and trials, and criminal sentencing. More recently he has done several studies of matters implicating the right to privacy. Professor Heumann has a strong commitment to insuring that the Public Law Field on the Graduate Level continues to flourish, and over the past few decades the success of the Field has been reflected in the success of its Ph.D. graduates. Similarly, Professor Heumann is very committed to the Department's undergraduate programs. He teaches at least two large advanced undergraduate courses every year, has raised money to support the undergraduate program in general, as well as to provide honorariums for undergraduates working with professors on research projects. 

  • Teaching:

    Byrne Seminar (101): Criminal Courts: Trials and Tribulations PS 404--Politics of Crime and Criminal Justice

    PS 406--Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights PS 412---Advanced Studies in Public Law: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

    PS 412--Advanced Studies in Public Law : The Right to Privacy (different section so students can take both of the PS 412 courses)

    PS 613--Proseminar in Public Law

  • Publications:

    Plea Bargaining: The Experiences of Prosecutors, Judges and Defense Attorneys, University of Chicago Press, 1978 Hate Speech on Campus (with Thomas Church), Northeastern Univ. Press, 1997

    Speedy Disposition: Monetary Incentives and Police Reform in the the Criminal Courts (with Thomas Church), SUNY Press, 1992

    Good Cop, Bad Cop: Profiling, Race and Competing Visions of Justice (With Lance Cassak), Peter Lang Press, 2003

    Speedy Disposition: Monetary Incentives and Police Reform in the the Criminal Courts (with Thomas Church), SUNY Press, 1992

    "Going with Your Gut: 'Hunches' and 'Hunching' in Judicial Decision Making," (With Aaron Jaslove, Elise Zhou, and Lance Cassak) Criminal Law Bulletin (2019)

    "Privacy in the Public Eye: Frogs Boiling and the Right to Privacy" (with Dylan Serrentino-Mullins, Jessica Graham et al , Seton Hall Law Review, 2021

    "In the Eyes of the Law: The Effects of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Behavior, Citizen Interactions and Privacy," with Anu Chugh and Rick Kavin, Criminal Law Bulletin, 2018

  • Research:

    Public Law