John F Stinneford

John F. Stinneford

Professor of Law
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0959

(352) 392-3005


Professor Stinneford teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law, with a particular focus on the original meaning of the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause.  His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals including the Virginia Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review.  He has won several national awards for his writing, and has been cited by United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.), state and federal courts, and numerous scholars. Before joining the Florida faculty in 2009, Stinneford clerked for the Hon. James Moran of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and practiced law with Winston & Strawn in Chicago. Stinneford teaches first-year courses in criminal law and constitutional law, and upper-level courses in criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and Law & Literature.  He has twice been voted faculty graduation speaker by the third-year class at Florida, and has twice been a finalist for Professor of the Year.


J.D., Harvard Law School M.A., Harvard University B.A., University of Virginia.

Teaching and Scholarship

Criminal Law Criminal Procedure Sentencing Constitutional Law

Professional Activities

University of Florida: Joined College of Law in 2009 as Assistant Professor Admitted to Practice: Illinois, Ohio, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law

Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices - LAW 6111

Federal Criminal Law

Law and Literature

  • Privacy, Security, and the Fourth Amendment, 38 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y __ (forthcoming 2014) (invited)
  • Death, Desuetude, and Original Meaning, 56 William & Mary L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014)
  • The Illusory Eighth Amendment, 63 American Univ. L. Rev. 437 (2013).
  • Youth Matters: Miller v. Alabama and the Future of Juvenile Sentencing, 11 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 1 (2013) (invited).
  • Punishment without Culpability, 101 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 653 (2012) (invited).
  • Rethinking Proportionality under the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, 97 Virginia L. Rev. 899 (2011)(winner, Association of American Law Schools Criminal Justice Section Junior Scholars Call for Papers Competition).
  • Evolving Away from Evolving Standards of Decency, 23 Federal Sentencing Reporter 87 (2010).
  • The Original Meaning of ‘Unusual’: The Eighth Amendment as a Bar to Cruel Innovation, 102 Northwestern Univ. L. Rev. 1739 (2008) (chosen for presentation at the 2008 Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum; winner, SEALS 2008 Call for Papers competition).
  • Incapacitation through Maiming: Chemical Castration, the Eighth Amendment, and the Denial of Human Dignity, 3 Univ. of St. Thomas L.J. 559 (2006) (symposium).
  • Subsidiarity, Federalism, and Federal Prosecution of Street Crime, 2 J. Cath. Soc. Thought 495 (2005) (symposium) (peer-reviewed).
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