Clayton B. Drummond

Clayton B. Drummond

Clayton B. Drummond

Graduate Lecturer

Social change and the legal system; punishment; wrongful convictions

Clayton is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Charlotte Gill's CRIM 517 class.

His research is broadly focused on social change and reform surrounding criminal legal organizations, punishment, and wrongful convictions. He is currently studying social movements and activism around capital punishment and life-without-parole sentencing.

Clayton also works as a Graduate Lecturer and serves as an Editor for the Innocence Research Workshop with Dr. Robert Norris and colleagues.

Current Research

Drummond, C.B. & Shammi, S.H. Power, discretion, and the landscape of contemporary prosecution. In Rudes, D.S. Under review.

Drummond, C.B. & Norris, R.J. An opportunity for abolition: McCleskey, innocence, and the modern death penalty decline. Under review.

Drummond, C.B. Examining state official misconduct laws through the lens of wrongful conviction. Manuscript in preparation.

Bonventre, C.L., Drummond, C.B., & Norris, R.J. Behavioral ethics and wrongful convictions: Case studies in forensic misconduct. Manuscript in preparation.

Selected Publications

Drummond, C. B., & Mills, M. N. (2020). Addressing Official Misconduct: Increasing Accountability in Reducing Wrongful Convictions. The Wrongful Conviction Law Review1(3), 270-290.

Grants and Fellowships

Graduate Research Fellowship (dissertation), George Mason University Graduate Division, Office of the Provost, 2024.

CLS Doctoral Student Summer Scholarship. George Mason University, 2023

CLS Graduate Student Travel Award. George Mason University, 2023

CLS Graduate Student Travel Award. George Mason University, 2022

CLS Doctoral Student Summer Scholarship. George Mason University, 2022

CLS Graduate Student Travel Award. George Mason University, 2021

CLS Doctoral Student Summer Scholarship. George Mason University, 2021

CLS Graduate Research Fellowship. George Mason University, 2020

Courses Taught

CRIM 315 - Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology (Upcoming, Summer 2024)

CRIM 220 - Law and Society (Summer 2023)

CRIM 517 - Research Practicum in Justice Policy and Practice (Fall 2022-Spring 2024; TA)

CRIM 408 - Criminal Courts (Summer 2022)

CRIM 495 - Violence (Spring 2022; TA)

CRIM 495 - Inequality in the Criminal Justice System (Fall 2021; TA)

Education

M.A. in Criminology, University of West Georgia

B.S. in Criminology, University of West Georgia

Recent Presentations

Drummond, C.B. Organizational Ecology and the Anti-Death Penalty Movement. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2023.

Drummond, C.B. & Norris, R.J. Illinois, Innocence, and the Decline of the Death Penalty. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2022.

Drummond, C.B. & Shammi, S.H. Prosecutorial Discretionary Power through the Lens of Institutional Logics and Legal Endogeneity Theory. Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference. George Mason University, 2022.

Drummond, C.B., Bonventre, C.L. & Norris, R.J. Behavioral Ethics and Wrongful Convictions: Case Studies in Ethical Failures in Forensic Science. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 2021.

Drummond, C.B. & Mills, M.N. Addressing Official Misconduct: Increasing Accountability to Reduce Wrongful Convictions. Southern Criminal Justice Association Virtual Research Showcase (Lightning Talks), September 2020.

In the Media

Drummond, C.B. (2024). Nitrogen hypoxia and the future of capital punishment. American Society of Criminology, Division on Corrections and Sentencing, Spring 2024 Newsletter (https://ascdcs.org/newsletters/).