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Shamena Anwar, Ph.D.

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RAND Corporation

Dr. Shamena Anwar is a researcher at the RAND Corporation. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Much of her work has examined racial disparities at various stages of the criminal justice system including motor vehicle searches, jury trials, and parole release decisions. She will use the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship to study whether there are racial disparities in final case outcomes among Virginia felony court cases that originate with the same arrest charges and criminal history. Her work has appeared in journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Journal of Law and Economics.