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Adam Benforado

Professor of Law

Professor Adam Benforado


Office: School of Law, Room 277
Phone: 215.571.4809
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Anne Marie Cellucci
Phone: 215.571.4701


Adam Benforado’s principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences — most notably cognitive psychology — to law and legal theory. He is particularly focused on issues arising in criminal law, corporate law and contract law.

Conducting novel experiments and developing existing findings, Professor Benforado’s research is focused on uncovering how our legal system may reflect unappreciated aspects of our cognitive frameworks and processes, and, as a consequence, how the law may fail to align with our purported values and fall short of meeting society’s needs.

Professor Benforado received his JD from Harvard Law School and was a Frank Knox Fellow and Visiting Scholar with the Cambridge University Faculty of Law. He clerked for Judge Judith Rogers on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Professor Benforado also worked at Jenner & Block, LLP in Washington, D.C., where he handled trial and appellate litigation matters.

His book "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice" was published by Crown in 2015.  His recent scholarly work includes three chapters in "Ideology, Psychology, and Law" published by the Oxford University Press, four articles in the Emory Law Journal, and articles in the Maryland Law ReviewIndiana Law JournalCardozo Law ReviewOregon Law ReviewFlorida State University Law ReviewSt. Louis University Law Journal, Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, Topics in Cognitive Science, and Cognitive Science.

Professor Benforado's op-eds, essays and letters have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington PostPhiladelphia InquirerNew York TimesProvidence JournalBaltimore SunHouston ChronicleSeattle Post-IntelligencerLegal Times and Boston Review.