The Justice Collaboratory brings together scholars and researchers of diverse theoretical and methodological orientations at Yale University and elsewhere to work on issues related to institutional reform and policy innovation and advancement. It infuses theory, empirical research, and targeted clinical trials in order to achieve its goal of making the components of criminal justice operation simultaneously more effective, just, and democratic.

Collaboratory scholars seek to develop theory and empirical research relevant to procedural justice, police legitimacy, social network analysis, restorative justice, democratic participation, and the philosophical determinants of punishment. We work to expand the science underlying these strategies so that new and more effective approaches might be developed. Collaboratory members will also field test strategies and approaches relevant to the theoretical innovations that it develops.

Three members of the Collaboratory, Tracey Meares, Tom Tyler, and Megan Quattlebaum, are involved in a related venture, the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. The National Initiative is designed to implement and test certain strategies to promote trust and confidence in the criminal justice system, focusing on procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation. This team includes experts from John Jay College, the Center for Policing Equity at UCLA, and the Urban Institute.

For more information about the Justice Collaboratory, please email Megan Quattlebaum.

Or head over to our Twitter, @JCollaboratory.

Collaboratory Members


Monica C. Bell, Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

BJ Casey, Professor of Psychology

Elizabeth Clark-Polner, Post-Doctoral Associate of Law

Fiona Doherty, Clinical Associate Professor of Law

James Forman, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law

Phillip Atiba Goff, Franklin A. Thomas Professorship in Policing Equity, John Jay College and President of the Center for Policing Equity

Benjamin Justice,  Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration - Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Associate Professor of Law and Sociology

Joscha Legewie, Assistant Professor of Sociology and CIQLE Faculty Fellow

Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law

Andrew Papachristos, Associate Professor of Sociology, Public Health, and Law (adjunct) and Director of CIQLE and the Policy Lab

Megan Quattlebaum, Program Director of the Justice Collaboratory

Jennifer Richeson, Professor of Psychology

Rick J. Trinkner, Assistant Professor - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University

Tom R. Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology

Vesla Weaver, Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

Gideon Yaffe, Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology

Members are at Yale unless otherwise noted.

Kiran Lutfeali is the Program Coordinator for The Justice Collaboratory. Before coming to Yale Law School, she worked in the asset management and banking industries in South Africa and Pakistan.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016


In The Press

Barriers to Reforming Police Practices

The New York Times

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares and Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Tom Tyler are mentioned in an article about procedural justice.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


13:42

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


7:25

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


2:04

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


In The Press

Episode 47: A Path for Police Reform

Scholars Strategy Network’s No Jargon

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares was interviewed on the Scholars Strategy Network’s podcast No Jargon about police reform.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


In The Press

Barriers to Reforming Police Practices

The New York Times

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares and Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Tom Tyler are mentioned in an article about procedural justice.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


In The Press

Policing should move beyond crime reduction—A Commentary by Tracey L. Meares

The Washington Post

Tracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


In The Press

How Much Can Better Training Do to Improve Policing?

The Atlantic

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey Meares is quoted in an article on training for police.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


In The Press

New Orleans Searches for the Truth

Five Thirty Eight

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey L. Meares and Justice Collaboratory member Andrew Papachristos are quoted in an article about a murder in New Orleans.

Monday, July 11, 2016


In The Press

Did The Dallas Ambush Set Back Reform At Police Departments?

National Public Radio/ Morning Edition

Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law Tracey Meares was a guest where she discussed community policing.