My current research focuses on the intersection between law, public policy, and psychology in understanding social responses to child sexual abuse in the contemporary United States. I also have research interests in two other areas: first, in the civil justice system and the relationship between insurance and society; second, in "good government" and ethics in government, particularly at the state and local level in Rhode Island.

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Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. J.D. (1981) and Ph.D. (1986), University of California at Berkeley. Specialization in ethics ad public policy, criminal justice, children and public policy, and the politics of food. His first book, Setting Safety Standards: Regulation in the Public and Private Sectors, was published by the University of California Press. He is currently writing a book on the law and politics of child sexual abuse.

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Justice Ginsberg, Honorary degree recipient (2002)

Professor of Public Policy and
Political Science
Phone: 863-3523
Phone 2: 863-2201

Ross E. Cheit's Brown Research URL:

On The Web:
Study Evaluates Criminal Justice Handling of Statutory Rape Cases (2005)
Most R.I. quasi-public agencies do not comply with public access laws (2003)
PBS Frontline dismisses the evidence and embraces a child molester (2002)
What was Left Out? A Critique of "Capturing the Friedmans" (2010)
Understanding the Iran-Contra Affairs (Launched 9/10)
Recovered Memory Project (Launched 8/97)

Collaborators at other institutions:
Laura Braslow, New York University

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