Jennifer Doleac

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics
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Garrett 110
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Education & Training
Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 2012 Fields: Applied Microeconomics, Public Finance, Labor Economics, Law and Economics, Economics of Crime
B.A., Economics (with highest honors) and Mathematics, Williams College, 2003
Courses Taught
Economics of Public Policy I
Public Economics
Evidence-based Criminal Justice Policy

Jennifer Doleac is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Batten School, and Director of the Justice Tech Lab at UVA. She is also a Senior Social Scientist at The Lab @ DC, and a Nonresident Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Professor Doleac studies the economics of crime and discrimination, with a particular focus on how technology and surveillance affect public safety. Past and current work addresses topics such as DNA databases, gun violence, prisoner re-entry, and the unintended consequences of “ban the box” policies.

Her research has been supported by several governmental and philanthropic organizations, and published in leading academic journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Economic Journal. Professor Doleac’s work has been highlighted in an array of media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and Time.

Professor Doleac holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College. She has spoken at Interpol and the White House, and her research on DNA databases was cited in the Supreme Court’s Maryland v. King  case. She was an NBER/NSF Crime Research Fellow, and previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office.