Margaret Meyer

LIFE Michigan

LIFE Fellows since 2024, University of Michigan

I am a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan working with Rich Gonzalez. I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2021 with a BS in Psychology and Pure Mathematics. I am broadly interested in using a quantitative approach to understanding issues of racial bias in legal decisions. My primary line of research uses threshold-based decision models to explore racial bias in police searches within a U.S. context. Another line of work explores why people refrain from using their legal protections (such as consenting to a search or waiving their right to remain silent). A new branch of my research intersects with issues across the lifespan, from police perceptions of young black men to differences in decision making as police officers age.


Meyer, M., & Gonzalez, R. (in press). Detecting bias in traffic searches: Insights from false searches of innocent drivers. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Preprint:

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