Kenneth B. Nunn

Professor of Law
Associate Director, Center on Children and Families
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Center



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611





J.D., University of California A.B., Stanford University

Teaching and Scholarship

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Race Relations and the Law, Police Brutality, Race and the Criminal Process and Law and Cultural Studies.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 1990 as Assistant Professor; Advisor to Black Law Student Association (1990-2002), Advisor to Trial Team (1990-94, 1999-2002). Named Associate Professor (1993-95), Professor of Law (1995-present), Teacher of the Year (1996), Professor of the Year (1998) and Associate Dean (1999-2000).
  • Visiting Faculty: Makerere University Faculty of Law (1997, Kampala, Uganda); Washington and Lee University School of Law (1998).
  • Legal Practice: Deputy Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender (San Francisco, Calif., 1985-86), Staff Attorney, Southern Africa Project, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, D.C., 1986-87), Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service (Washington, D.C., 1987-90).
  • Professional Affiliations: Board of Directors, Florida Institutional Legal Services, Inc.; Gainesville Area ACLU Legal Panel; Association of American Law Schools, Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers; Cooperating Attorney, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; American Bar Association; ABA Criminal Justice Section, Race and Racism in the Criminal Justice System Committee co-chair and Rules of Criminal Procedure and Evidence Committee; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Executive Committee, National Association for Public Interest Law; Bar of the District of Columbia; State Bar of California.

Criminal Law (3 credits) - LAW 5100

  • The substantive law of crimes covering, in addition to basic principles and the elements of typical crimes, such concepts as relational and inchoate crime, responsibilty and defenses.

Criminal Procedure: Police and Police Practices (3 credits) - LAW 6111

  • Police as a social institution, including personnel, bureaucratic structure and incentives. Police practices such as arrest, search, seizure, wiretapping, eavesdropping, use of informers, entrapment, interrogations and lineups are covered. Credit for this course precludes credit for Criminal Procedure Survey (LAW 6930).

Criminal Procedure Adversary System (3 credits) - LAW 6112

  • This course covers the commencement of formal criminal proceedings, bail, the decision to prosecute, the grand jury, the preliminary hearing, venue, joinder and severance, and speedy trial. Trial concerns such as guilty pleas, discovery, jury trial, prejudicial publicity, professional ethics and double jeopardy are also considered. Credit for this course precludes credit for Criminal Procedure Survey (LAW 6930).


  • Associate Editor for Law and Society, MACMILLAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RACE AND RACISM (Thomson Pub., 2007). Developed topics, identified authors, and edited 17 articles on law and law-related topics for multivolume interdisciplinary encyclopedia.
  • Chapters in Books
  • “'Still Up On the Roof': Race, Victimology and the Response to Hurricane Katrina,” in HURRICANE KATRINA: AMERICA'S UNNATURAL DISASTER (Jeremy I. Levitt & Matthew C. Whitaker, eds.) (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2009).


  • “Diversity As a Dead End,” 35 Pepperdine Law Review 705 (2008).
  • “Foreword: New Explorations in Culture and Crime—Definitions, Theory, Method,” 17 Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy vii (2006).
  • “Diversity Matters: Race, Gender & Ethnicity in Legal Education,” 15 Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy 11 (2003).
  • “Race, Crime and the Pool of Surplus Criminality: Or Why the War on Drugs Was a War on Blacks,” 6 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice 381 (2002), excerpted and reprinted in STRUCTURED INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES: CRITICAL DISCUSSIONS ON THE CONTINUING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND GENDER (Aguirre & Baker, eds., 2d ed. 2007).


  • Panelist, “Fourth Anniversary Commemoration of Hurricane Katrina: ‘America’s Natural Disaster,’” Center for International Law and Justice, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL (Sept. 3, 2009).
  • Paper, “Barack Obama and the New Politics of Race: 'Plus �a Change, Plus C'est la Meme Chose',” presented at Roundtable—Changing the Game: Barack Obama and the New Politics of Race, Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting, Denver, Colo. (May 29, 2009).
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