Matthew Kugler

Associate Professor of Law


Matthew Kugler joined the Northwestern faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining Northwestern, Matthew completed a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University, was a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct instructor in psychology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, and was awarded a JD with highest honors from the University of Chicago Law School. His research addresses questions at the intersection of psychology and law. He is particularly interested in issues of intellectual property, privacy, and criminal procedure.

Areas of Expertise

  • Privacy Law
  • Empirical Methods
  • Law and Social Science
  • Intellectual Property

Selected Publications

  • Surveillance Duration Doesn’t Affect Privacy Expectations: An Empirical Test of the Mosaic Theory, 2015 Supreme Court Review 205 (2016) (with Lior J. Strahilevitz).
  • Measuring Computer Use Norms, 84 George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
  • Differences in Punitiveness Across Three Cultures: A Test of American Exceptionalism in Justice Attitudes, 103 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 1071 (2013) (with Friederike Funk, Judith Braun, Mario Gollwitzer, Aaron Kay, & John M. Darley).
  • People Believe They Have More Free Will Than Others, 107 Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences 22469 (2010) (with Emily Pronin).

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  • JD, University of Chicago Law School
  • PhD, Princeton University
  • BA, Williams College

Prior Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Richard Posner, Seventh Circuit

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