Alison Dundes Renteln

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Alison Dundes Renteln (born January 9, 1960) is a Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She holds a B.A. (History and Literature) from Harvard-Radcliffe, a J.D. from USC's Gould School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.[1] She is also the author of The Cultural Defense (2004) which was first book-length study which provides a comprehensive overview of the debate surrounding the admissibility of cultural evidence in the courtroom. Renteln contends that the cultural defense should, in both criminal and civil matters, be given formal recognition.[2]

She is also the daughter of folklorist Alan Dundes.[3]


  1. ^ "Faculty Profile > USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  2. ^ The Cultural Defense (1 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2005-05-19. ISBN 9780195154030.
  3. ^ "BERKELEY / UC folklorist Dundes dies while teaching / His scholarship helped to create an academic discipline". SFGate. Retrieved 2015-12-29.