Edward k. Cheng

Ed Cheng is the creator and host of the Excited Utterance podcast. He holds the Hess Chair in Law at Vanderbilt Law School. His scholarship focuses on scientific and expert evidence, and the interaction of law and statistics. He teaches evidence, torts, and a seminar on scientific evidence.  Outside of law, Ed enjoys rock climbing, soccer, and native plant gardening.


g. alexander nunn

Alex Nunn is associate producer of Excited Utterance and a guest host of the podcast. Alex is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and is also a PhD student at Yale Law School.  Alex clerked for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and was editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review.


Grace DePietro

Grace DePietro is the audio production editor of Excited Utterance. She is a junior in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University, studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Grace enjoys performing improv and crafting. 


Francesca rutherford

Francesca Rutherford assists with production of Excited Utterance. Along with her MBA, she has a background in communications where she has held positions ranging from strategic communications, to market research data, and social media management. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and traveling with her family.

Logo v2.png

Sforzando Designs

Sforzando Designs is a Nashville-based web design company focused on getting you a website. No fancy tricks. No fancy fees.  We bring out the best in your work and give you a professional-caliber website you can manage yourself.


Margo Wilkinson Smith

Margo Wilkinson Smith was an associate producer of Excited Utterance for the 2017-18 academic year. Margo is a clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and was previously the Executive Editor of Vanderbilt Law Review.

Carsen smith

Carsen Smith was the audio production editor for Excited Utterance from 2016 to 2018.  Carsen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Biological Sciences, Russian Studies, and Cinema & Media Arts. Carsen enjoys performing improv comedy and playing frisbee.

benjamin Ian bassoff

Ben Bassoff was a research assistant for the Fall 2016 season of Excited Utterance. A 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Ben is now a corporate litigation associate at Foley & Lardner in New York City.  In his spare time, Ben enjoys cooking, running, hiking and photography.

Vanderbilt law school Branstetter litigation and dispute resolution program

Excited Utterance is funded in part by the Branstetter Program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Vanderbilt Law School.


vanderbilt university blair school of music children's cello choir

The Children's Cello Choir at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music performed the music for Excited Utterance, Bach’s Allegro Moderato from Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Viola da Gamba. The Cello Choir is directed by Kirsten Cassel Greer. 


vanderbilt institute for digital learning

The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning (VIDL) provided generous startup support for Excited Utterance through its microgrant program. Thank you!