Geoffrey McGovern-Social and Decision Sciences - Carnegie Mellon University

Geoffrey McGovern

Adjunct Faculty Member

Office: WEH 8125
Phone: (412) 268-6837


Geoffrey McGovern is a policy researcher working primarily in the RAND Institute for Civil Justice and the RAND National Defense Research Institute. A political scientist and a lawyer by training, McGovern's research has focused on matters of statutory compliance, government contracting, alternative dispute resolution, environmental policy, asbestos litigation, healthcare law and policy, and defense acquisitions. Past RAND research includes an extensive study of asbestos personal injury bankruptcy trusts, as well as a study of alternative dispute resolution in Australia. Prior to joining RAND, McGovern was a Fulbright Fellow in Finland.


Ph.D. in political science, Binghamton University; J.D., Harvard University; M.A. in political science, Binghamton University; B.A. in political science, Wittenberg University


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Environmental Regulation
  • Military Acquisition and Procurement


  • Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts
  • Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Defense Department Insourcing
  • Gulf Coast Restoration and Recovery


An Early Assessment of the Civil Justice System After the Financial Crisis: Something Wicked This Way Comes? – 2012

A Methodology for Implementing the Department of Defense's Current In-Sourcing Policy - 2011

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts and Tort Compensation – 2011

Bankruptcy Trusts, Asbestos Compensation, and the Courts – 2011

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts: An Overview of Trust Structure and Activity with Detailed Reports on the Largest Trusts – 2010

Third-Party Litigation Funding and Claim Transfer: Trends and Implications for the Civil Justice System - 2010

Honors & Awards

Fulbright Fellow, J. William Fulbright Program