Paul Testa Ph.D.

Paul Testa is a senior social scientist in the Lab @ D.C. He is also an assistant professor of political science at Brown University where he teaches courses on quantitative research methods at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Paul’s research interests center around the applications of political methodology to the studies of race and the criminal justice system. Broadly, his work explores how interactions with the criminal justice system shape political behavior and how these experiences in turn shape the way citizens think about issues of race and justice in the U.S. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly. He chaired the statistics subcommittee of a task force convened by the City of Urbana in Illinois to examine racial disparities in traffic stops and has previously consulted with Office of Evaluation Sciences in the U.S. General Services Administration on the evaluation of a number of randomized controlled trials within the federal government.

Paul earned a B.A. in government and economics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Born in D.C., Paul last lived in Ward 6 before heading off to graduate school. He’s run two marathons, very slowly, through D.C. and recommends declining the beer offered to you at mile 22.

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