Visiting Professor of Law
Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests (for the moment, anyway) are risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, his research has investigated public disagreement over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and conflicting public impressions of scientific consensus. Current work of the Project is centered on integrating the methods of the science of science communication into the toolkits of professional communicators in diverse contexts ranging from local democratic decisionmaking to science-documentary filmmaking. He is a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.