Martha Grace Duncan earned a PhD from Columbia University and a law degree from Yale. She is a professor of law at Emory University. Her past writing has employed literature and psychoanalysis to explore such topics as the Amanda Knox case, the metaphor of the criminal as slime, the expectation of remorse in juvenile defendants, and the pleasures of form in criminal law. Her academic publications include a book, Romantic Outlaws, Beloved Prisons: The Unconscious Meanings of Crime and Punishment (NYU Press), and articles in the Columbia Law Review and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Currently, Professor Duncan is working on a book about remorse entitled Morbid Laughter, Proper Tears. She is also creating a memoir about her father. Portions of the memoir have been published in the Gettysburg Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Passages North, and Tampa Review.