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Phillip Goff

Adjunct Professor of Law

Phillip Goff

Adjunct Professor of Law

Phillip Atiba Goff is an associate professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is on leave as a visiting scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He is the co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, and an expert in contemporary forms of racial bias and discrimination, as well as the intersections of race and gender. Goff serves as one of four principal investigators for the CPE’s National Justice Database, the first national database on racial disparities in police stops and use of force. More recently, he led the CPE in becoming one of three principal investigators for the Department of Justice’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, which will contribute information to the National Justice Database.

Goff conducts work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination. That is, despite the normative view of racial discrimination—that it stems from prejudiced explicit or implicit attitudes—his research demonstrates that situational factors facilitate racially unequal outcomes.

Goff’s model of evidence-based approaches to justice has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Justice, Russell Sage Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Open Society Institute-Baltimore, Atlantic Philanthropies, William T. Grant Foundation, the COPS Office, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the NAACP LDF, NIMH, SPSSI, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others.

S. The Psychology of Racial Justice and Policing