Megan Stevenson

Assistant Professor of Law

BA, University of California, Berkeley; PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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  • Phone: 703-993-8535
  • Office: Room 450A, Hazel Hall, Arlington
  • Address:
    Antonin Scalia Law School
    George Mason University
    3301 Fairfax Dr.
    Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Megan Stevenson is an economist and legal scholar. Her research uses econometric methods to evaluate criminal law and policy in areas such as bail, pretrial detention, risk assessment, and juvenile justice. Her studies have been published in top journals in both law and economics, such as the Stanford Law Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics. She was the 2019 winner of the Oliver E Williamson prize for best article, chosen from all articles published in the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization within three years. Her research on bail was cited extensively in a landmark federal civil rights decision, O’Donnell v. Harris, and has received widespread media coverage. In addition to legal scholarship, Professor Stevenson has written a number of op-eds for news outlets such as the Houston Chronicle and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Stevenson has been an Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School since 2017. Prior to joining the law faculty at George Mason, she was a fellow at the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2015-2017). She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (2009, with highest distinction) and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (2016), both from the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches Law & Economics and Criminal Law.