David Harris

David Harris

Professor David Harris is Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and advanced courses in criminal justice policy and homeland security. Professor Harris is the leading national authority on racial profiling, and he studies police behavior, law enforcement, and national security issues. His 2002 book, Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work, and his scholarly articles in the field, led to federal efforts to address profiling, and also led to legislation and voluntary efforts in over half the states and hundreds of police departments. He has testified numerous times in the U.S. Congress, and serves as an advisor and consultant to police departments and public officials at every level of government.

His 2005 book, Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing, uses case studies from around the country, to show that citizens need not trade liberty for safety; they can be safe from criminals and terrorists without sacrificing their civil rights if law enforcement uses strategies based on prevention. He gives speeches and does professional training for law enforcement, judges, and attorneys throughout the country, and presents his work regularly in academic conferences. He works frequently with public officials and citizens groups both locally and nationally to improve police services and public safety.

Professor Harris also writes and comments frequently in the media on police practices, racial profiling, and other criminal justice and national security issues. He has appeared on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, and has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. In 1996, Professor Harris served as a member of the Civil Liberties Advisory Board to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security.