Dr. Larry Golden

Dr. Larry Golden co-founded the Illinois Innocence Project in 2001 and has been fighting for the wrongfully convicted ever since. With a Ph.D. in Political Theory from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Golden was one of the founding faculty of Sangamon State (which became the University of Illinois Springfield in 1995), specializing in civil liberties, injustice and inequality. After 34 years of teaching, Dr. Golden retired in 2004 in part to work pro bono as the Founding Director of IIP. Dr. Golden contributes to a course on the conviction of the innocent and regularly lectures on the prevention of wrongful convictions. Notably, Dr. Golden was the recipient of the Spencer Faculty Service Award and most recently the University’s Distinguished Service Award.