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Institute of Criminology



Nicholas Goldrosen is a PhD student in the Violence Research Centre, supervised by Dr. Paolo Campana and Dr. Justice Tankebe. He received a BA in political science and mathematics from Williams College (USA) and an MPhil in criminological research from the University of Cambridge. He began the PhD in fall 2021, and his research is funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust. Nicholas may be contacted at ncg36[at]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk.


Nicholas' research uses network analysis and other quantitative methods to study police misconduct and related phenomena. In particular, he is interested in developing methods to identify both misconduct-prone officers and officers who are resilient to negative peer influences. Additionally, his research examines how sanctions for misconduct and other official responses affect future misconduct. His other research interests include sentencing, prosecution and criminal justice reform, and drug enforcement. 


Key publications: 

Goldrosen, Nicholas, Christian Michael Smith, Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Rebecca Santorella, Shilad Sen, Shawn Bushway, and Chad M. Topaz (2023). “Racial Disparities in Criminal Sentencing Vary Considerably across Federal Judges.” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 179(1), pp. 92–113.

Goldrosen, Nicholas (2022),  “Null Effects of a Progressive Prosecution Policy on Marijuana Enforcement.” Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society 23(1), pp. 23–45.

Goldrosen, Nicholas (2021), “The New Preemption of Progressive Prosecutors,” University of Illinois Law Review Online (Apr. 18, 2021), pp. 150–157.

Goldrosen, Nicholas (2023), “Subtracting 420 from 922: Empirical Evidence Against the Federal Prohibition of Gun Possession by Marijuana Users,” Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, forthcoming.

Other publications: 

Goldrosen, Nicholas. 2021. “What Happens in the Jury Room Stays in the Jury Room: R v Mirza, the Criminal Justice and Courts Act, and the Problem of Racial Bias,” Cambridge Law Review VI(1), pp. 236–262. Published version.

Cambridge Pro Bono Project (2022), “Complainant Phone Data Extraction by Police in England and Wales: Outstanding Issues and Practical Guidance.” Cambridge Pro Bono Project White Paper, July 2022.

Camacho, Jorge, Nicholas Goldrosen, Rick Su, and Marissa Roy (2023), “Preempting Progress: States Take Aim at Progressive Prosecutors.” Local Solutions Support Center White Paper.