University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D.; Haverford College, B.A. Kritzer holds the Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School. For thirty years was Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where also he served as Chair of the Political Science Department, and Director of the Legal Studies Program, and Director of the Data and Computation Center. He previously taught at William Mitchell College of Law (where he directed the Center for the Empirical Study of Legal Practice), Indiana University, Rice University, the University of Michigan, and University College – London. He is the author or coauthor of five books, including RISKS, REPUTATIONS, AND REWARDS: CONTINGENCY FEE LEGAL PRACTICE IN THE UNITED STATES (2004), COURTS, LAW, AND POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE (1996), the editor of a four volume encyclopedia, LEGAL SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD (2002), and coeditor of OXFORD HANDBOOK OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL RESEARCH (2010). He also is the author of over 100 journal articles or book chapters, published in such law journals as the STANFORD LAW REVIEW, TEXAS LAW REVIEW, VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW, WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW, JUDICATURE, JUSTICE SYSTEM JOURNAL, UCLA LAW REVIEW, and NORTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW, and such peer-reviewed journals as JOURNAL OF INSTITUTIONAL AND THEORETICAL ECONOMICS, LAW AND CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, ABA BAR FOUNDATION RESEARCH JOURNAL, and the AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW. He is associate editor of the JOURNAL OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES, the former editor of LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW, a regular peer reviewer for leading political science and social science journals, and has received numerous grants and awards, including several from the National Science Foundation.

Kritzer’s research involves a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and focus on the empirical study of the legal profession and a variety of legal phenomena, including studies of judicial elections, news coverage of litigation and the legal profession, access to justice, contingency fee legal practice, Rule 11 sanctions, the English Rule, insurance defense legal practice, and the impact of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993).