Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Her research focuses on the relationship between the government and individuals, particularly as it relates to the theory and practice of punishment. Her research often engages in analysis of whether certain practices in the criminal justice system advance or undermine their purported theoretical underpinnings. She has written about the application of death with dignity laws to prisoners serving life without parole sentences, the constitutional flaws in criminal jury selection practices, and retributivism’s conjoined twins problem. Her scholarship has been appeared (or is forthcoming) in student-edited law reviews, including Alabama Law Review, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and University of Cincinnati Law Review, as well as the peer-reviewed Criminal Law Bulletin.
Prior to joining Villanova, Professor Deitch served as a J.D. Case Writing Fellow at Harvard Law School, where she developed case studies covering a broad range of topics, including sanctuary cities, labor organizing, and prosecutorial discretion. In this role, she gained extensive experience in curriculum design based on proven pedagogical methods. She incorporates these teaching methods into her courses.