Ben Grunwald is a Professor at the Duke University School of Law. 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 optimal decarceration strategies; wandering police officers; the use of high-crime areas by police under the Fourth Amendment; and the potential contributions of the sentinel event review to police departments and criminal justice agencies more generally. His work also explores the capacity of open-file discovery to serve as a check on prosecutorial power; 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 procedure, criminal law, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and empirical legal studies.
Ben holds a JD, a PhD in Criminology, and an AM in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He also clerked for the Honorable Thomas Ambro on the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals.