Robert MacCoun ’80

Robert will join the Stanford University faculty as a professor of law this summer. He is currently a professor of law and public policy at Berkeley Law School. At Stanford he also will hold a joint appointment as a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute. Robert is a psychologist and behavioral scientist whose research, teaching and work outside the academy has focused on focused on illicit drug use, drug policy, alternative dispute resolution, judgment and decision-making, social influence, and bias in the use and interpretation of research evidence by scientists, journalists, and citizens. His recent publications include “Moral Outrage and Opposition to Harm Reduction,” Criminal Law & Philosophy, 7, 83-98, (2013); “The Burden of Social Proof: Shared Thresholds and Social Influence,” Psychological Review, (2012); and “An Agnostic’s Guide to the Drug Legalization Debate,” Annual Review of Law & Social Science (2011). Robert also has written on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and his work on that issue was influential in the policy debates about allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

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