Megan Stevenson

Assistant Professor of Law

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

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  • Email: Send an email
  • 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 who became an Assistant Professor in the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in 2017. Her research uses advanced econometric techniques to evaluate criminal law and policy in areas such as bail, pretrial detention, juvenile justice, and risk assessment. Her studies have been published in top journals in both economics and law, such as the Stanford Law Review and the Review of Economics and Statistics.  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 op-eds for the Houston Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Brookings Institution (online).  She has received funding for her research from the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Prior to joining the law faculty at George Mason, Professor Stevenson was an inaugural 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 will be teaching Law and Economics, Criminal Law, and a course on Evidence-Based Criminal Justice Reform.