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Samuel Walker, PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

“The American Civil Liberties Union’s decision to coordinate defense teams for detainees at Guantanamo is part of a long and honorable tradition of standing for fundamental constitutional principles in a time of crisis…

President Woodrow Wilson said that World War I was a war to make the world safe for democracy, but he trampled on democracy at home. Only the ACLU challenged him. World War II was a fight against Nazi racism, yet the president authorized the most racist action by the federal government in our history. Again, only the ACLU challenged the government. And so it is today. The federal government is casting aside fundamental constitutional principles with the military commission proceedings. The ACLU is again rising to defend the core values that we are fighting for.”

“Samuel Walker – Defending Fundamental Principles: An ACLU Tradition,” ACLU website, Apr. 3, 2008

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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2005-present
  • Coordinator, Police Progessionalism Initiative, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002-present
  • Isaacson Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1999-2005
  • Creator, “Best Practices in Police Accountability” website (, 2002
  • Kiewit Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1993-1999
  • Board of Director, ACLU, 1983-1993
  • Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1984-1993
  • Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1978-1983
  • Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1974-1977
  • Research Director, Educational Development Consortium, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1974-1976
  • Consultant, Civil Rights Division, US Justice Department, assisted in investigations of the New Jersey State Police and the metropolitan
  • Staff, Police Department of Washington, DC
  • Recipient of a grant from the National institute of Justice to complete a national evaluation of police Early Warning (EW) systems
  • Recipient of a grant from the Justice Department to provide technical assistance to local police departments to develop EW systems and to study the mediation of citizen complaints against police officers
  • Member, Panel on Policing, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
  • PhD, American History, Ohio State University, 1973
  • MA, History, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1970
  • BA, American Culture, University of Michigan, 1965
  • Recipient, W.E.B. Dubois Award, Western Society of Criminology, 2011
  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Humanities of Ohio State University, 2001
  • Married to Mary Ann Lamanna
  • Born in Indianapolis, Ohio
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  1. Is the ACLU Good for America?