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Heidi Liu

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Heidi H. Liu

Sharswood Fellow

Heidi Liu’s research focuses on how behavioral realities intersect with legal theories.

Trained in experimental and statistical methods, she applies insights from psychology to a variety of legal settings. Inspired by her previous research on disclosure, Heidi’s work investigates the unintended consequences of legal restrictions on salient information in legal decision-making. Leveraging contexts such as job applications and jury instructions, her research has implications for employment discrimination and evidence. Her work often explores how procedures and organizational contexts reinforce gender stereotypes, even at times when they are intended to mitigate disparities.

Heidi’s research appears in law reviews and peer-reviewed psychology journals, as well as the Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Legal Studies (forthcoming). Her work has been supported by Pivotal Ventures and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, the Women and Public Policy Program, the Mind, Brain and Behavior Program, and the John M. Olin Fellowship at Harvard.

Heidi received her A.B. in economics magna cum laude, J.D., and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a research assistant for the book Nudge and worked at an economic consulting firm. During graduate studies, she worked as an editor for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Gender Action Portal and at a Silicon Valley law firm.