Jessica Bregant
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About Me

I am a lawyer and PhD student at the University of Chicago studying behavioral science and psychology. I am interested in in bringing new methods and approaches, rooted in experimental psychology, to the study of law. My research incorporates a wide variety of cross-disciplinary viewpoints, borrowing from law, business, social psychology, and developmental psychology.

My current projects are primarily focused on intuitive moral judgments, especially judgments and attitudes about punishment. I am exploring the roots of adult legal intuitions through experimental work with children, and I am also working with adult participants to trace the development and consequences of those intuitions.

I earned my J.D. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2009. I have worked in a variety of governmental and legal settings, including the National Transportation Safety Board, the Champaign County Public Defender, the Illinois State Fire Marshal, and the U.K. House of Commons. After law school, I clerked for Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court and spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Illinois Program on Law, Behavior, and Social Science.

My husband is an IT security expert, and we have two friendly cats. In my spare time (when I have it), I love to sing, read mystery novels, solve puzzles, and play games.
PhD Student,
University of Chicago
Joint Program in Business
and Psychology

J.D., 2009
University of Illinois
College of Law

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