excites you most about joining the new law school faculty?
My scholarly work on human memory has intersected with the legal field on such questions as: How accurate is eyewitness testimony? Why do people end up testifying in court about events that never happened? Collaborating with social scientists on these kinds of issues has been a constant in my career, but now I’ll be able to interact with legal scholars on my own campus. This interdisciplinary focus will strengthen the contribution and advance us in ways that we are probably not even anticipating.
Describe your scholarship.
How do humans end up misremembering their past, or even creating entire events in memory that never happened? My scientific work tries to understand that process. One goal is that we will reduce the incidence of misremembering in legal settings and thereby minimize the chances of false convictions and faulty legal verdicts based on memory.
What are you most
excited about doing in the first years of the law school?
I hope to teach courses on memory and the law that will include both law students and also students from psychology and other social sciences. This mix should lead to some exciting discussions.