Valerie Hans

Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law
Valerie Hans
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
104 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-0095
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Bonnie Jo Coughlin
Cornell Law School
213 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Valerie P. Hans, Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law, conducts empirical studies of law and the courts, and is one of the nation's leading authorities on the jury system. Trained as a social scientist, she has carried out extensive research and lectured around the globe on juries and jury reforms as well as the uses of social science in law.

She is the author or editor of 8 books and over 150 research articles. Current projects on the American jury include developing a new theory of damage awards, analyzing how jury service promotes civic engagement, examining the impact of race in tort decisions, and researching the jury’s role in death penalty cases. Professor Hans is also studying the introduction of juries and other forms of citizen participation in other countries, including Argentina, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and Taiwan. Her books include Business on Trial: The Civil Jury and Corporate Responsibility (2000); The Jury System: Contemporary Scholarship (2006); and three coauthored books: Judging the Jury (1986); American Juries: The Verdict (2007); and The Psychology of Tort Law (2016).

Professor Hans is coeditor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and past president of the Law and Society Association.

In June 2019, Professor Hans joined other law professors and social scientists in submitting an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court on the subject of jury unanimity (Ramos v. Louisana).


B.A., University of California at San Diego, 1973
M.A., University of Toronto, 1974
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1978