Jeffrey Fagan is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He is also a senior research scholar at Yale Law School, where he is a frequent visiting professor. He was the founding director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention at the Mailman School. His research and scholarship examine policing and police reform, the legitimacy of the criminal law, capital punishment, legal socialization of adolescents, neighborhoods and crime, drug policy, and juvenile crime and punishment. His work in each of these areas has focused on the institutional and behavioral mechanisms that lead to persistent patterns of racial discrimination.
Professor Fagan served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Law and Justice from 2000-2006 and spent additional two years as the Committee’s vice-chair. He has also served on two National Research Council study committees, one on family violence and one on policing. From 1996-2006, he was a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. He is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and served on its Executive Board for three years. He is a former editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in criminology and law. He was an expert consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice in its investigation of the Ferguson (Missouri) Police Department. He is currently a consultant and an expert witness on capital punishment to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Jeffrey Fagan is a faculty mentor of Federica Coppola (2017-20).