Rachel A. Harmon
- F.D.G. Ribble Professor of Law
Rachel Harmon teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and civil rights. Her scholarship focuses on policing and its regulation, and her work has appeared recently in the NYU, Michigan and Stanford law reviews, among others. She serves as associate reporter on the American Law Institute’s project on policing.
From 1998 to 2006, Harmon served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice. After a brief stint at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, Harmon worked in the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, prosecuting hate crimes and official misconduct cases, many of which involved excessive force or sexual abuse by police officers. She left the Justice Department to join the law faculty as an associate professor of law in the fall of 2006.
Harmon received her law degree at Yale Law School, where she was articles editor for the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. Before law school, as a British Marshall Scholar, she earned an M.Sc. in political theory and an M.Sc. in political sociology, both with distinction, from the London School of Economics. After law school, she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Scholarship Profile: Promoting Policing at its Best (Virginia Journal 2012)
- J.D.Yale Law School1996
- M.Sc.London School of Economics1993
- M.Sc.London School of Economics1992
- B.S.Massachusetts Institute of Technology1990
The Law of the Police (casebook in progress).
"Why Arrest?" 115 Mich. L. Rev. 307 (2016).
"Reconsidering Criminal Procedure: Teaching the Law of the Police," 60 St. Louis U. L. J. 391 (2016).
"Legal Control of the Police," in 6 Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice 2898 (Gerben Bruinsma & David Weisburd eds., 2014).
"Promoting Civil Rights Through Proactive Policing Reform," 62 Stan. L. Rev. 1 (2009).
The Supreme Court and Criminal Law