Ben Grunwald is a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. His research combines doctrinal analysis with quantitative and qualitative methods to challenge the normative and empirical assumptions underlying rules of criminal procedure. His most recent work examines the capacity of open-file discovery to serve as a check on prosecutorial power. His work also explores the upstream effects of prosecutorial charge screening on police behavior; the relationship between sentencing guidelines and the fairness of sentences; and the optimal age of majority for separating the juvenile and adult justice systems.
Ben’s teaching interests include criminal law, criminal procedure (investigation & adjudication), torts, professional responsibility, empirical legal studies, evidence, constitutional law, contracts, privacy law, and juvenile law.
Ben holds a JD, a PhD in Criminology, and an AM in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously clerked for the Honorable Thomas Ambro on the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals.