Edward k. Cheng

Ed Cheng is the creator and host of the Excited Utterance podcast. He is FedEx Research Professor and Professor of 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 statistics class for lawyers.  Outside of law, Ed enjoys rock climbing, soccer, and native plant gardening.

g. alexander nunn

Alex Nunn is associate producer of Excited Utterance. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law and 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.



Margo Wilkinson Smith

Margo Wilkinson Smith is associate producer of Excited Utterance. Margo is currently in her third year at Vanderbilt Law School, where she is the Executive Editor of Vanderbilt Law Review. Prior to law school, Margo worked as a research assistant at the Urban Institute.

Carsen smith

Carsen Smith is the Audio Production Editor for Excited Utterance. She is a senior at Vanderbilt University in the College of Arts and Science majoring in Biological Sciences, Russian Studies, and Cinema & Media Arts. When she’s not studying for her three majors, Carsen enjoys performing improv comedy and playing frisbee.


Riley Beal

Riley Beal is the Assistant Production Editor for Excited Utterance. He is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Cinema & Media Arts. Outside of class, he enjoys making short films and performing in Vanderbilt’s improv comedy troupe.

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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. Prior to law school, Ben held a variety of positions including operating a small jam company in Brooklyn, and teaching high school English and math. 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 support for Excited Utterance through its microgrant program. Thank you!