Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Alissa Sherry, Ph.D. relocated to Austin, Texas to accept a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching, writing and conducting research in their American Psychological Association Accredited Ph.D. Training Program. She received tenure in 2009 and currently serves as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. While teaching at the University of Texas, she served as the Associate Director for The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, an experience that greatly influenced her decision to write this book.
Since becoming a licensed psychologist in 2003, Dr. Sherry has specialized in Forensic Psychology, working closely with the legal system and founding Legal Consensus, PLLC, a legal consulting firm specializing in forensic evaluations for the courts.
Embedded in her work, research and writing has been a focus on societal power structures that maintain systems of oppression for all genders, sexual orientations, and people of color. She has been appointed by judges in over 350 cases to deliver expert opinions in litigation ranging from domestic abuse to parental alienation to injury and immigration. It is through this lens that she writes It’s Great to Be King, the powerful story of how two working class women, Cathy McBroom and Donna Wilkerson, triggered an FBI investigation and ultimately forced the impeachment and criminal sentencing of one of the most feared Federal Judges in American history. King is about the story of these two women, how their traumatic histories informed the decisions they made during the years they were assaulted by Judge Samuel Kent and the institutional problems with lifetime appointments and the self-policing procedures of the U.S. Federal Court System. However, King is also about how systems of oppression work to divide the oppressed to fight with each other for the crumbs of acceptance over which those in power have complete control. During the almost two year FBI investigation, Cathy and Donna were pitted against each other while many around them, including other women, stood by watching in silence themselves knowing the full truth about Kent’s outrageous behavior. The stress this put on both of these women destroyed their families, friendships, and health, all of which could have been avoided if the judiciary had independent committees available to them to investigate and discipline rogue judges who violate the very laws they are charged with upholding.