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John Allen Paulos, PhD Biography

Professor of Mathematics at Temple University
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Most women enter prostitution for the money.

This being so, legalizing it, regulating it (strictly enforcing laws against pimping, child prostitution, public nuisance and so forth) and improving the economic prospects for women seem to me a greatly preferable approach to it than moralistic denunciation.” (accessed May 7, 2006)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Mathematics, Temple University, 1973-present
  • Monthly Columnist,
  • Monthly Columnist, The Guardian
  • Fellow, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)
  • Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
  • Faculty Creative Achievement Award, Temple University
    Former volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, 2002
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia University School of Journalism, 2001
  • Former Editorial Board Member, The Philadelphia Daily News
  • PhD, Mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1974
  • MS, University of Washington, 1968
  • BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1967
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