Bernard Harcourt's scholarship focuses on issues of crime and punishment from an empirical and social theoretic perspective. His research intersects criminal law and procedure, police and punishment practices, political and social theory, and criminology. He is the author most recently of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken Windows Policing (Harvard University Press, 2001). He is the editor and a contributing author to a collection of essays on guns, crime and punishment in America, published in 2003.
Professor Harcourt earned his bachelor's degree in political theory at Princeton University, and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1989. He practiced at the Equal Justice Initiative (formerly known as the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center) from 1990 to 1994, and was appointed Senior Capital Representation Resource Center) from 1990 to 1994, and was appointed Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program at Harvard Law School from 1995 to 1997. During this time, he also served on human rights missions to South Africa and Guatemala, and pursued Ph.D. studies in political theory at Harvard, earning his Ph.D. in June 2000.