Destiny Peery

Associate Professor of Law
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (Courtesy)


Destiny Peery joined the Northwestern faculty in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining Northwestern, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Duke Law School. Professor Peery holds a JD and PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University. Her teaching and research interests focus on law and psychology perspectives on criminal law, discrimination law, the use of social science as evidence, and race and law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Empirical Legal Research
  • Law and Social Science
  • Criminal Law
  • Race and the Law
  • Discrimination Law

Selected Publications

  • (Re)defining Race: Assessing the Consequences of the Law’s Failure to Define Race, Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming 2017).
  • Does Cognitive Depletion Shape Bias Detection in Minority Group Members?, 33 Social Cognition 241 (2015) (with Evelyn Carter, Mary Murphy, and Jennifer Richeson).
  • The Colorblind Ideal in a Race Conscious Reality: The Case for a New Legal Ideal for Race Relations, 6 Northwstern Journal of Law And Social Policy 473 (2011).
  • Achieving Diversity on the Jury: Jury Size and the Peremptory Challenge, 6 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 425 (2009) (with Shari S. Diamond, Francis Dolan, and Emily Dolan).
  • Black + White = Black: Hypodescent in Reflexive Categorization of Racially Ambiguous Faces, 19 Psychological Science 973 (2008) (with Galen V. Bodenhausen).

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  • BA, University of Minnesota
  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

Prior Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, 2012-2014, Duke Law School

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