Dane Thorley is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University and a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. His research focuses on using randomized field experiments and naturally occurring randomizations to study courts, judicial behavior, and contracts. He is passionate about the growing role of field experimentation in addressing law and policy and recently published a paper with Don Green outlining its method, scope, and application in legal scholarship.
He is currently conducting experiments exploring judicial behavior, judicial campaign finance, the efficacy of legal representation, and theories of contract stickiness and rescission. He is also writing an evaluation of the use of random judicial assignment in legal studies and a review of the legal and ethical implications of randomized experiments in the courtroom.
Before joining the J.D. and Ph.D. programs at Yale and Columbia, he worked as a research assistant in Uganda and studied political science and Korean at Brigham Young University.