Affiliated Faculty and Fellows



  • Jon Gould

    Senior Fellow, Civil Justice Research Institute
    Professor, School of Public Affairs and Washington College of Law, American University

    Professor Gould is an internationally known expert on justice policy, social change, and government reform. He has written on such diverse subjects as erroneous convictions, indigent defense, prosecutorial innovation, police behavior, hate speech, sexual harassment, and international human rights.

    Professor Gould is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former U.S. Supreme Court Fellow. He has served on multiple non-profit boards and is a trustee of the Law and Society Association. In 2015, he served under U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts as reporter for a committee of the federal courts evaluating the operation of the Criminal Justice Act. Professor Gould received the Administration of Justice Award from the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Association in 2017. He was inaugural director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research, chair for the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology, and principal investigator for the National Institute of Justice’s Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project. 

    At American University, Gould is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law. He returned to the university in 2017 from his appointment as a Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Justice. Previously, he was director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation.