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Margaret Bull Kovera

Margaret Bull Kovera

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For more than two decades, I have had continuous funding from the National Science Foundation for my research on jury decision-making and eyewitness identification. Specifically, I conduct research on legal decision making about scientific evidence and the social psychology of voir dire and jury selection. My research in the area of eyewitness identification has focused on the influence of single-blind lineup administration on rates of mistaken identifications.

I am a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the American Psychology-Law Society. I received the 1994 APLS Dissertation Award, the 2000 Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Achievement in Psychology and Law and the 2004 Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award, all from the American Psychology-Law Society (APLS/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association). My most recent book, The Psychology of Juries, received the 2018 APLS Book Award. I am a past-President of APLS and a past Secretary/Treasurer of SPSSI. I also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Law and Human Behavior (2012-2018).

I regularly serve as an expert witness on the reliability of eyewitness identifications and as a jury consultant, primarily on issues related to change of venue motions.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Kovera, M. B., & Borgida, E. (2010). Social psychology and law. In S. T. Fiske, D. Gilbert, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of Social Psychology (5th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Attitudes and Social Behavior
  • Experimental Social Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Legal Psychology
  • Proseminar in Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Juries

Margaret Bull Kovera
Department of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
524 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019
United States

  • Phone: (212) 484-1112
  • Fax: (212) 237-8930

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