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Robert MacCoun

Title: Professor, Public Policy; Professor of Law
Tel: 510-642-7518
Fax: 510-642-2951
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Robert MacCoun, a psychologist, joined the faculty of UC Berkeley's School of Public Policy in 1993 and the Boalt faculty in 1999. From 1986 to 1993 he was a behavioral scientist at The RAND Corporation, and he has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School and Stanford Law School. He has published many studies on illicit drug use and drug dealing, harm reduction, jury decision making, alternative dispute resolution, social influence processes, and bias in the use and interpretation of research evidence by scientists, journalists, and ordinary citizens. His analyses of military unit cohesion were very influential in the 1993 and 2010 policy debates about allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the US military.

MacCoun's recent publications include "The Burden of Social Proof: Shared Thresholds and Social Influence" (Psychological Review, 2012) and "An Agnostic's Guide to the Drug Legalization Debate" (Annual Review of Law & Social Science, 2011). He is the coauthor of "Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places" (with P. Reuter, Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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B.A., Kalamazoo College (1980)
M.A., Michigan State University (1983)
Ph.D., Michigan State University (1984)

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