Professor of Law
Rachel Godsil
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Rachel D. Godsil is a Professor at Rutgers Law School and a Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar. She also is the Director of Research and Co-Founder of Perception Institute.  She collaborates with social scientists on empirical research and regularly conducts workshops and on the role of implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat in key fields, such as education, criminal justice, and healthcare.  Her scholarly research also addresses the intersection of race, property, and the environment.

  • Biography
  • Publications

Professor Godsil is a co-founder and director of research for the Perception Institute, a national consortium of social scientists, law professors, and advocates focusing on the role of the mind sciences in law, policy, and institutional practices.  She collaborates with social scientists on empirical research to identify the efficacy of interventions to address implicit bias and racial anxiety.  She regularly provides trainings and lectures to a wide range of private and public institutions seeking to address the role of bias and anxiety associated with race, ethnicity, religion, and gender and provided trainings on implicit bias to state judges across the country on behalf of the National Association of State Judges.   

During law school, Professor Godsil served as the Executive Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review, was awarded the Henry M. Bates Memorial Award, and elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Professor Godsil was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  She was an Associate Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on environmental justice, as well as an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter in New York City.

Some of her most recent work includes:

Multiple workshops 2017-2019:  

New York City Department of Education - superintendent, principal, and teacher workshops - designed curriculum and conducted a “Train the Trainer” with DOE facilitators City Of Philadelphia as part of the Safety & Justice Challenge:  conducted workshops for leadership from multiple stakeholders in criminal justice system - Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Probation & Parole Officers, Court Officers, Judges.  Designed curriculum and conducted a “Train the Trainer” with stakeholder staff  

District Attorneys Offices:   

Mind Science CLE Presentation for District Attorney's Association of New York, Bronx DA's Office (multiple workshops), Brooklyn DA's Office, Staten Island DA's Office, Richmond County District Attorney's Office, Nassau County DA's Office, Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council   Fourth Annual Symposium on Race and Ethnicity for Defense Lawyers The Innocence Project, Board Presentation New York City, State, and Federal Government Civil Rights Roundtable New Jersey, LEEP, Mind Science Workshop for staff on December 10, 2018 Federal Defenders of New York City, January 2019, Mind Science Workshop Mind Science presentation at the State Bar of Wisconsin - Family Law Section Annual Conference    NY Attorney General's Office   Eastern District US Attorney's Office   Appellate Division Judges (First Department, NYS), New York State Judicial Institute    Fordham Women's Leadership Institute   

She joined Rutgers Law School in 2016, after working at Seton Hall University School of Law and has been recognized for her teaching by being nominated for Professor of the Year in 2011, 2002 and 2003.  In 2003-2004, she was awarded the Researcher of the Year in Law by Seton Hall University.  During fall of 2007, Professor Godsil was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and she taught property at New York University Law School in spring 2009.



Professor Godsil has authored and co-authored a wide variety of articles, book chapters, and reports:

Articles forthcoming: 

Rigor and Relationships: The Positive Case for Integration in Schools and Neighborhoods, Cardozo Law Review   Book chapter Transforming Gentrification into Integration in The Dream Revisited:  Contemporary Debates About Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity Edited by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Peter Steil Columbia University Press (January 2019)    Co-investigator on Promoting Academic Success and Belonging for All Students: Multi-Modal School District Study (investigators Linda R. Tropp, Kent Harber, Christine Rucinski, Rachel D. Godsil)(study in progress 2019). (studies of teacher implicit biases, racial anxieties, and link to academic and disciplinary outcomes in Boston, Kalamazoo, and Jamestown-Dewitt School Districts)       Reports:     His Story: Shifting Narratives for Boys and Men of Color by Alexis McGill Johnson and Rachel Godsil (2018)    Prosecuting Fairly: Addressing the Challenges of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat by Rachel D. Godsil and HaoYang (Carl) Jiang (Winter 2018)   The Science of Equality in Education: The Impact of Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat on Student Outcomes by Rachel D. Godsil, Linda R. Tropp, Phillip Atiba Goff, john a. powell, Jessica MacFarlane (February, 2017)

Science of Equality (Volume 2):  The Effects of Gender Roles, Implicit Bias, and Stereotype Threat on the Lives of Women and Girls (Perception Institute, 2016) (co-authored with Linda R. Tropp, Phillip Atiba Goff, john a. powell, and Jessica MacFarlane)The Moral Ecology of Policing: A Mind Science Approach to Race and Policing in the United States, The Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (ed. Jonathan Jacobs & Jonathan Jackson) (2016)(co-authored with Phillip Atiba Goff)l #PopJustice:  Vol. 3:  Pop Culture, Perceptions, and Social Change, (2016) (co-authored with Jessica MacFarlane and Brian Sheppard) (UnBound Philanthropy); Final Evaluation of Halal in the Family Measuring Effects on Implicit and Explicit Anti-Muslim Bias, Perception Institute (2015) (co-authored with Emily Balcetis & Benjamin Gonzales); Science of Equality (Volume 1):  Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care (Perception Institute, 2014) (co-authored with Linda R. Tropp, Phillip Atiba Goff, john a. powell); Telling Our Own Story:  The Role of Narrative in Racial Healing (Kellogg Foundation, 2013) (co-authored with Brianna Goodale); Tale of Two Neighborhoods: Implicit Bias in Environmental Decision-making in Implicit Bias Across the Law (Oxford University Press, 2012) (Justin Levinson and Robert Smith, ed. 2012); Transforming Perception:  Black Men and Boys (March, 2012) (sponsored by the Open Society Foundation).

She has also written:  Racial AnxietyIowa Law Review (forthcoming 2016) (co-authored with L. Song Richardson); Why Race Matters in Physics Class, 64 U.C.L.A. Law Review Discourse 40 (2016); Race, Ethnicity, and Place Identity: Implicit Bias and Competing Belief Systems37 Hawaii Law Review 313 (2015) (co-authored with James Freeman); Implicit Bias in the Courtroom, 59 U.C.L.A. Law Review 1184 (2012) (co-authored with Jerry Kang et al.); Implicit Bias Insights as Preconditions to Structural Change, 20 Poverty & Race 3 (2011) (co-authored with john a. powell).

Professor Godsil has co-authored amicus briefs on behalf of empirical social psychologists in both iterations of Fisher v. Texas and the National Parent Teacher Association in the Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District litigation at the Supreme Court.  She is the co-editor of AWAKENING FROM THE DREAM:  CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER SIEGE AND THE NEW STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL JUSTICE (Carolina Academic Press, 2005).