Matthew Kugler received his BA in psychology and political science from Williams College in 2005. He then completed a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University under the supervision of Drs. Joel Cooper and John Darley in 2010. Following his graduation, he was a postdoc and adjunct instructor in psychology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem and is now a student at the  University of Chicago Law School.
His research addresses questions at the intersection of psychology with law and politics. With Joseph Sanders and Lawrence Solan, he is investigating the  degree to which ordinary people think that moral wrongfulness should be a requirement for civil liability. With Dominic Packer, he is examining the role of cooperative affordances in promoting intergroup trust.  He is also studying lay attitudes toward sentencing judgments across countries and in relation to victimless crimes.