Dan M. Kahan

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology


Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence.

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Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include criminal law and evidence. Prior to coming to Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.  He also served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90).  He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.

Monday, May 15, 2017


“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about political discourse.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Expert Psychology: The Power of Trust at Trial

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is cited in an article about expert testimony.

Monday, March 13, 2017


This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in a feature article on partisanship.

Monday, February 20, 2017


It's human nature, and not social media, to blame for fake news

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about the appeal of fake news.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Antidote for partisanship? In science, curiosity seems to work

A new study led by Professor Dan Kahan found that people who are curious about science are less polarized in their views on contentious issues than less-curious peers.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


How to Overcome Political Irrationality About Facts

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an ] article about ways to overcome political irrationality. Similar articles appeared on Vox.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Psychology Today.

Friday, December 2, 2016


How to trump group-think in a post-truth world

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is interviewed about cognitive bias.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


How Economic Data is Kept Politics-Free

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about peoples’ belief in economic data released by the government.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Republicans Can Understand Science and Still Deny Climate Change

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about public understanding of risk.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Researchers may have finally found an antidote to biased thinking about science

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan and his research are cited in an article about science curiosity.

Friday, July 15, 2016


Climate change, Vancouver real estate, and the never-ending debate between communitarians and individualists

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan has his research cited in an article about core beliefs.

Saturday, November 28, 2015


People’s views on climate change go hand in hand with their politics

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about attitudes toward climate change.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


The power of slow thinking

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about the benefits of “slow thinking.”

Monday, February 23, 2015


Climate Science Literacy Unrelated to Public Acceptance of Human-Caused Global Warming

Deep public divisions over climate change are unrelated to differences in how well ordinary citizens understand scientific evidence on global warming, according to a new study published by Professor Dan Kahan.

Monday, February 23, 2015


You can change the minds of climate change skeptics. Here’s how.—A Commentary by Dan M. Kahan

Dan M. Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Anti-Vaxxers Are Wrong About Why Autism Has Increased—But Don’t Tell Them That

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan M. Kahan is quoted in an article about public perceptions of science and the anti-vaccination movement.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Stop Paying Attention to Anti-Vaxxers Already!

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan M. Kahan is quoted in an article about how to combat the anti-vaccination movement.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The term that actually makes climate change less political

A study by Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan that examined how geoengineering, alongside more traditional climate solutions, affects people’s views of climate change, is discussed in an article.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Advent of geoengineering may help lower temperature of debate over climate change

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about a recently released study on geoengineering and its effect on attitudes toward global warming. The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale is mentioned.

Monday, February 9, 2015


Professor Kahan Publishes Study on How Geoengineering Affects Climate Debate

Professor Dan Kahan and other scholars publish study showing that geoengineering has the potential to counteract political polarization over global warming.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Politicizing the Vaccination Fight Could Make Things Worse

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan M. Kahan is quoted in a story about vaccines becoming an issue in upcoming elections.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Survey finds US public still supports science

Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology Dan Kahan is quoted in an article about a survey released by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Stanley Milgram Library Exhibit, Conference Will Examine his Legacy and Influence on Law and Social Psychology

The Lillian Goldman Law Library will feature a new exhibit on the work of former Yale University social psychologist Stanley Milgram on October 11, 2013.

Monday, May 28, 2012


Yale Study Concludes Public Apathy over Climate Change Unrelated to Science Literacy

A recent study conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that public apathy over climate change is unrelated to science literacy.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Yale Law School Expands Legal Writing Instruction

Yale Law School has expanded its legal writing program in a number of innovative ways.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Cultural Cognition Project Study Examines Why “Scientific Consensus” Fails to Create Public Consensus

New research conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that people’s cultural values affect their acceptance of what most scientists believe.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Cultural Cognition Project Study Sheds Light on Reactions to HPV Vaccine

New research conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that people’s cultural values affect their risk perceptions of the human papillomavirus vaccine.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Prof. Dan Kahan Discusses Cultural Cognition Project Research in Journal Nature

In the latest issue of the journal Nature, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law Dan Kahan discusses research conducted by Yale Law School’s Cultural Cognition Project.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Nanotechnology “Culture War” Possible, Says Yale Study

Members of the public who learn about nanotechnology tend to become sharply polarized along cultural line as to its safety, according to a study conducted by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


YLS’s Cultural Cognition Project Finds Emotions and Values Shape Public Perception of Nanotechnology

A study by the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School concludes that emotions and individual values influence the public’s perception of the risks and benefits of nanotechnology.

Friday, February 2, 2007


YLS Supreme Court Clinic Submits Merits Brief in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation Case

On February 2, 2007, Yale Law School’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic filed a merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a high-profile Establishment Clause case, Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation.