Hessick's talk is titled, Race and Gender as Explicit Sentencing Factors. The symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Center for Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies.
Hessick teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, and a seminar on sentencing law and policy. Her research focuses on aggravation and mitigation in criminal sentencing, relative crime severity, and other political and doctrinal issues associated with sentencing. She recently published an article in the Boston University Law Review on aggravating and mitigating sentencing factors, as well as an article in the Alabama Law Review on appellate standards of review for federal sentencing decisions. She currently is working on a manuscript about the prosecution and punishment for those who possess child pornography.