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Mona Lynch, Ph.D.

Portrait of Dr. Mona Lynch
Professor
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Mona Lynch is Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in Criminology, Law and Society and, by courtesy, the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. Trained as a social psychologist, her research focuses on plea bargaining, criminal sentencing, and punishment processes, including on how institutionalized forms of bias operate within criminal justice settings. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. Her scholarship has been published in a wide range of criminology and law and society journals, law reviews, and edited volumes, and she is author of two books: Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment (2009), published with Stanford University Press and Hard Bargains: The Power to Punish in Federal Court (2016), with Russell Sage Foundation, which won the 2017 Michael J. Hindelang Award for best book in criminology from the American Society of Criminology. She also serves as editor-in-chief (with Kelly Hannah-Moffat) of the journal Punishment & Society. She was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars in Race and Crime award to conduct experimental research that examines whether tailored jury instructions can mitigate bias in jury decision-making.