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

Rachel D. Godsil 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.

She joined Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000 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.



Godsil has authored and co-authored a wide variety of articles, book chapters, and reports focusing on implicit bias, including the reports:  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).