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Regents Professor, Arizona State University

Michael Saks is a Regents Professor in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Department of Psychology at Arizona State University. He is also a faculty fellow with the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at ASU.

Professor Saks’ research interests focus on empirical studies of law and the legal system, especially decision-making in the legal process, evidence law, the law's use of science, the behavior of the litigation system, and legal policy affecting medical patient safety.

He earned a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from the Ohio State University and an M.S.L. from the Yale Law School.

In previous positions, he was at the University of Iowa as the Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology; at the Georgetown University Law Center as Visiting Interdisciplinary Professor; at the Ohio State University College of Law as the Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Visiting Professor of Law; at the University of Virginia for a decade teaching in the summer LL.M. program for judges; at the National Center for State Courts as senior staff associate; and at Boston College as professor of psychology.


  • 2000–2021
    Regents Professor, Arizona State University