Bio

Dane ThorleyI am a Postdoctorate Fellow in Empirical Law and Policy at Columbia Law School and a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School. My research and scholarship focuses on using randomized field experiments and naturally occurring randomizations to study criminal law, court procedure, and judicial behavior. I am currently conducting field experiments exploring judicial recusal, judicial campaign finance, parole hearings, and the efficacy of legal representation, and the impact of pre-trial criminal detention. I am also working on projects that exploit exogenous assignment of judges to identify the causal impacts of criminal expungement, pre-trial detention, and the use of video technology in immigration proceedings.

I am excited about and an advocate of the growing role of field experimentation in addressing law and policy generally. I have published a review of the literature that uses field experiments to study law in the Annual Review of Law and Policy and have working papers looking at the legal and ethical challenges of running randomized experiments in the courtroom context and the proper way to utilize random judicial assignment as an instrument for making causal claims.

I am currently a PhD candidate with Columbia’s Political Science Department. I have a JD from Yale Law School (’17) and a BS in Political Science and Korean from Brigham Young University (’12).