Law and Science Dissertation Grant

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Brian Bornstein, PI

Dr. Bornstein, the PI of this project, served as Program Officer for the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation prior to joining the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at ASU. His research focuses mainly on the reliability of eyewitness memory and how juries make decisions. He has more than 200 publications in his areas of expertise, as well as 21 authored or edited books, and has procured more than $3 million in external funding, from agencies like NSF and NIJ. He has taught a variety of courses within cognitive, social, and legal psychology, as well as the history of psychology.


Scott Barclay, Co-PI

Dr. Barclay, the Co-PI of this project, recently served as a Program Director in the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation. His ongoing research project explores the interplay of political, demographic and social movement factors that influence the deployment of law. His research has been published in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Political Research Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics and Law and Policy. His research findings have been directly referenced in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation and his research has been supported by private foundations.


 Rebecca Sandefur, Co-PI

Dr. Sandefur, the Co-PI of this project, has extensive experience with NSF as an awardee, reviewer, and panelist. Her research investigates access to civil justice from every angle -- from how legal services are delivered and consumed, to how civil legal aid is organized around the nation, to the role of pro bono, to the relative efficacy of lawyers, nonlawyers and digital tools as advisers and representatives, to how ordinary people think about their justice problems and try to resolve them. In addition to her appointment at ASU, Sandefur is Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Access to Justice Research Initiative.


Jon Gould, Co-PI

Dr. Gould, the Co-PI of this project, formally served as Program Officer for the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. He is an internationally known expert on justice policy, social change, and government reform. An author of four books and over 50 articles, he has written on such diverse subjects as erroneous convictions, indigent defense, prosecutorial innovation, police behavior, hate speech, sexual harassment, and international human rights, among others. Professor Gould’s research has been supported by generous external support and has been cited in multiple court pleadings and judicial decisions. He has received grants from the National Institute of Justice and the National Science Foundation and has been supported by several private foundations, state and local governments, and government of Canada. He is regularly called upon to serve as a consultant to governments and non-governmental organizations alike, both domestically and abroad.


Colleen Sullivan, GRA

Colleen Sullivan, the graduate research assistant (GRA) for this project, is a PhD student in the Law and Psychology program at ASU. Her research interests lie at the intersection of developmental psychology and the law, including evaluating children’s competencies to report and testify to alleged sexual abuse, and legal decision making in family law cases. She has experience working on multiple federally funded studies.

Advisory Council

Monica Bell, Yale University: School of Law; Dept. of Sociology

Susan Coutin, University of California-Irvine: Dept. of Criminology, Law & Society; Dept. of Anthropology

Ineke Marshall, Northeastern University: Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology; School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Mark Massoud, University of California-Santa Cruz: Dept. of Politics; Legal Studies Program

John Szmer, University of North Carolina-Charlotte: Dept. of Political Science & Public Administration

Mary Nell Trautner, University at Buffalo: Dept. of Sociology 

Miko Wilford, University of Massachusetts-Lowell: Dept. of Psychology

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