Peter Sperlich



Ph.D., University of Michigan
Personal Statement: 

Professor Sperlich received his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan in 1966. His fields of interest are the American Legal Process, Comparative Law, the Presidency, Religion and Politics, Comparative Ideology, Political Psychology, Philosophy of Science, and Methodology. He regularly teaches courses on The Jury System and Other Forms of Lay Adjudication, Religion and Politics, Political Behavior, and Methodology. The foci of his current research are law and adjudication in socialist systems, law and adjudication in southeast Asia, the rise of religious fundamentalism in several cultural domains, and the interaction of religion and politics in the United States. His publications include Conflict and Harmony in Human Affairs: A Study of Cross-Pressures and Political Behavior (Rand McNally, 1971), "The Evidence on Evidence: Science and Law in Conflict and Cooperation," in Saul M. Kassin and Lawrence S. Wrightsman, eds., The Psychology of Evidence and Courtroom Procedure (Sage, 1985), "The People’s Courts: Justice in East Germany," (30:5 Public Affairs Report 10, September 1989), and Rotten Foundations: The Conceptual Basis of the Marxist-Leninist Regimes of East Germany and Other Countries of the Soviet Bloc. (Praeger, 2002).