ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Dr. Kevin Spiker, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University Eastern, and Dr. James B. Whisker, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at West Virginia University have co-authored a two-volume, peer-reviewed, set of books on the issue of capital punishment. This is the second in a trilogy of works focusing on issues of either American or international jurisprudence. The first, "The Alien Tort Claims Act", was published in 2018, while the final work on the military doctrine of command responsibility will be published in 2021.

"Capital Punishment in American Courts" published by Academic Press, outlines the legal evolution of capital punishment (the death penalty) in the United States by providing a detailed analysis of important decisions rendered by American courts. Particular emphasis is given to the application of the death penalty to often marginalized groups of society.

"Capital Punishment in Religious and Philosophical Thought" published by the Edwin Mellen Press, takes a fundamentally different approach. Rather than trace the evolution of capital punishment from the perspective of the courts, this work examines the writings and teachings of instrumental religious leaders and philosophers, including Catholic (St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas), protestant (Luther, Calvin), and buddhist teachings.

Dr. Spiker teaches classes in American government, political theory, the presidency, elections, and political parties at the Eastern Campus. He earned a Ph.D. in government and politics from West Virginia University, and B.A. in government and politics from The Pennsylvania State University. He is also the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Buckeye Trail High School.

Dr. Whisker received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, and is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed books and articles.