David Zimmerman

David Zimmerman

Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

I use basic social psychological theory to gain a better understanding of behavior in the legal and criminal justice systems, and my ultimate aim is to use this research to inform legal policy.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • I have co-authored two peer review publications and two book chapters
  • Been first author or co-author on 16 conference presentations
  • Awarded an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for $14,450 for my dissertation research on voir dire efficacy in highly publicized criminal cases

Previous Experience

I was an adjunct professor at John Jay College in New York City.


Hattiesburg, Mississippi


  • I play and listen to music
  • Watch professional baseball (Braves fan) and football (Saints fan)
  • Grown fond of independent film—both narrative and documentary
  • I also like to cook, and I like eating good food.

Future Goals and Aspirations

I want to conduct and publish research that is relevant and useful to attorneys, judges, and law enforcement. I also want to use my research skills to mentor new scholars in my field. Promotion to full professor would be nice one day as well.

Life Outside the University

My wife, Kelly, is from Cape Cod and works as an associate producer for a prominent documentary film company in New York.


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