Senior Fellow and Academic Director
Paul Heaton, Senior Fellow and Academic Director of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School is one of the nation’s leading economists looking at the criminal justice system.
Heaton specializes in data-driven studies of crime, courts, and legal policy, applying methods that complement the Quattrone Center’s interdisciplinary, “systems approach” to reducing criminal justice errors. He comes to Penn Law from his position as the Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a national innovator in the empirical study of the legal system. He was also a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and a Professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Heaton’s awards and honors include a RAND Gold Medal Award and the Huddleson Outstanding Teacher Award from Pardee RAND Graduate School. He was also the Stephen J. Carroll Distinguished Scholar in Insurance and Liability Policy and a Robert Pike Distinguished Scholar at RAND. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute for Justice, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Consortium on Violence Research.
Heaton earned his BA in economics from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.