Janice Nadler

Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law


Janice Nadler’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of law and psychology. Her work has appeared in leading journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Law & Human Behavior, and Law & Society Review. She has conducted empirical studies on how victim impact information affects judgments about criminal responsibility, how law influences behavior apart from sanctions it imposes, and how communication medium shapes the process and outcomes of negotiations. Current projects include the influence of moral character on criminal judgments of blame, and public opinion about health and environmental risks posed by the contemporary food system. She joined the Northwestern faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2000. She is also a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, one of the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Negotiation
  • Law and Social Science
  • Criminal Law
  • Law and Psychology
  • Empirical Legal Research
  • Food Law & Policy

Selected Publications

  • White Paper of Democratic Criminal Justice, 111 Northwestern University Law Review 1693 (2017) (with Joshua Kleinfeld, et al.).
  • Expressive Law, Social Norms, and Social Groups, 42 Law & Social Inquiry 65 (2017).
  • Social Psychology and the Law, in The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics, edited by Francesco Parisis (Oxford University Press 2017) (with Pam Mueller).
  • Law, Moral Attitudes, and Behavioral Change, in Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Economics and The Law, edited by Eyal Zamir & Doron Teichman (Oxford University Press 2014) (with Kenworthy Bilz).
  • The Path of Motivated Blame and the Complexities of Intent, 25 Psychological Inquiry 222 (2014).
  • Consent, Dignity, and the Failure of Scattershot Policing, in The Constitution and The Future of Criminal Justice In America, edited by John T. Parry and L. Song Richardson (Cambridge University Press 2013).

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Joint Appointments


  • BA, Cornell University
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD in Social Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prior Appointments

  • Stanford Clinton Research Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Benjamin Mazur Summer Research Professor, Northwestern University School of Law

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