Reid Whitaker

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy,
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Designated Emphasis in STS
Affiliation period: January 2020 -
Degrees Ph.D. Jurisprudence and Social Policy :: University of California, Berkeley (expected 2024)
J.D. :: Stanford University (2020)
B.A. Chemistry :: Carleton College (2014)

Research Areas

Reid's research interests focus on the use of scientific and technical expertise in regulatory and judicial policy-making. His dissertation is primarily focused on the use of scientific evidence by agencies when promulgating regulations. More broadly, his work explores the interplay between law, science, and governance, with a focus on the politics of expertise in democratic society. In addition to Reid's dissertation project, he am also interested in how legal institutions navigate changing technology and complexity in litigation. Reid is particularly interested in environmental and healthcare policy settings. He has an on-going project exploring the risks and regulations of medical data sharing and is part of a project exploring the use of machine learning for clean water act violation detection. Methodologically, Reid's research combines on STS and legal theory with data-driven quantitative methods.

Reid received his law degree from Stanford Law School and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. Reid graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in chemistry. He is a fellow with the Center for Science, Society, and Policy at Berkeley and a Graduate Fellow at Stanford Law's Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab (RegLab). Additionally, Reid was previously a fellow at the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, was an intern at the Department of Justice Civil Division’s National Courts Section, and, before graduate school, was an AmeriCorps college counselor for low-income high school students before. Reid is currently on leave from Berkeley in order to clerk for Judge Colm Connolly of the District of Delaware and Judge Thomas Ambro of the Third Circuit. In his free time, Reid enjoys playing board games and west coast swing dancing.

last updated: September 10th, 2020