Dan M. Kahan

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology


Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence.

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989

B.A., Middlebury College, 1986

Courses Taught


  • Criminal Law & Administration
  • Evidence
  • Supreme Court Advocacy
  • The Science of Science Communication
  • Law and Cognition

Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence. Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.  He also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90).  He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Climate Science Literacy Unrelated to Public Acceptance of Human-Caused Global Warming

Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming, according to a new study published by Professor Dan Kahan.

Monday, February 9, 2015


Professor Kahan Publishes Study on How Geoengineering Affects Climate Debate

Professor Dan Kahan and other scholars publish study showing that geoengineering has the potential to counteract political polarization over global warming.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Stanley Milgram Library Exhibit, Conference Will Examine his Legacy and Influence on Law and Social Psychology

The Lillian Goldman Law Library will feature a new exhibit on the work of former Yale University social psychologist Stanley Milgram on October 11, 2013.

Monday, May 28, 2012


Yale Study Concludes Public Apathy over Climate Change Unrelated to Science Literacy

A recent study conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that public apathy over climate change is unrelated to science literacy.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Yale Law School Expands Legal Writing Instruction

Yale Law School has expanded its legal writing program in a number of innovative ways.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Cultural Cognition Project Study Examines Why “Scientific Consensus” Fails to Create Public Consensus

New research conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that people’s cultural values affect their acceptance of what most scientists believe.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Cultural Cognition Project Study Sheds Light on Reactions to HPV Vaccine

New research conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that people’s cultural values affect their risk perceptions of the human papillomavirus vaccine.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Prof. Dan Kahan Discusses Cultural Cognition Project Research in Journal Nature

In the latest issue of the journal Nature, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law Dan Kahan discusses research conducted by Yale Law School’s Cultural Cognition Project.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Nanotechnology “Culture War” Possible, Says Yale Study

Members of the public who learn about nanotechnology tend to become sharply polarized along cultural line as to its safety, according to a study conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


YLS’s Cultural Cognition Project Finds Emotions and Values Shape Public Perception of Nanotechnology

A study by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that emotions and individual values influence the public’s perception of the risks and benefits of nanotechnology.

Friday, February 2, 2007


YLS Supreme Court Clinic Submits Merits Brief in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation Case

On February 2, 2007, Yale Law School’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic filed a merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a high-profile Establishment Clause case, Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


YLS Commencement 2006 Video and Text