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Ellsworth, Phoebe C.

Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology

3219 East Hall
734.763.1143
E-mail pce@umich.edu

Phoebe C. Ellsworth, the Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology, has conducted pioneering scholarship in the field of psychology and law. She has published widely on the subjects of person perception and emotion, public opinion and the death penalty, and jury behavior. Her most recent articles have appeared in the Alabama Law Review (Meador Lecture Series), Psychological Review, Emotion Review, and Psychological Science. She holds a joint appointment in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. Professor Ellsworth is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice president of the Death Penalty Information Center. She is the recipient of the 2016 James McKeen Cattell Award for lifetime achievement in applied research from the Association for Psychological Science. In 2014, she was presented the Nalini Ambady Award for Mentoring Excellence and the Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. She is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford universities.

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Confirmation Bias in Criminal Investigations. Univ. of Texas School of Law, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper. Working Paper.
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"Basic Emotions and the Rocks of New Hampshire." Emotion Rev. 6, no. 1 (2014): 21-6.
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Co-author. "Maggots and Morals: Physical Disgust is to Fear as Moral Disgust is to Anger." S. W. S. Lee, co-author. In Components of Emotional Meaning: A Sourcebook, edited by K. R. Scherer and J. R. J. Fontaine, 271-80. Oxford University Press, 2013.​

"Appraisal Theory: Old and New Questions." Emotion Rev. 5, no. 2 (2013): 125-31.
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Co-author. "False Convictions." S. R. Gross, co-author. In The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy, edited by E. Shafir, 163-80. Princeton Univ. Press, 2012.
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