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Geoffrey McGovern

Geoffrey McGovern

Senior Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology

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Geoffrey McGovern is a political and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and a senior lecturer in the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy & Technology (CMIST) at Carnegie Mellon University. His research has focused on matters of civil justice, statutory compliance, alternative dispute resolution, environmental policy, asbestos litigation, health care law and policy, and defense acquisitions. Past RAND research includes a series of extensive studies of asbestos personal injury bankruptcy trusts; examinations of state judicial resourcing and management; as well as a study of alternative dispute resolution in Australia. Prior to joining RAND, McGovern was a Fulbright Fellow in Finland. He received his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in New York and his JD from Harvard Law School.


Aguirre, Jair, Geoffrey McGovern, John Davis, Benjamin Boudreaux, Jonathan Welburn, Cordaye Ogletree, and Michael Chase. Stateless Attribution: Toward International Accountability in Cyberspace. RAND Corporation (RR 2081MS) 2018.

Ahtchi, Badreddine, Geoffrey McGovern, Megan McKernan, Jessie Riposo and Douglas Shontz. Issues with Access to Acquisition Data and Information in the Department of Defense: Considerations for Implementing the Controlled Unclassified Information Reform Program. RAND Corporation (RR 2221OSD) 2018.

Bennett, Bart, Geoffrey McGovern, Lisa M. Harrington, Katharina Ley Best, David R. Frelinger, Paul W. Mayberry, Igor Mikolic-Torreira, Sebastian Joon Bae, Barbara Bicksler, Lisa Davis Steven Deane-Shinbrot, Joslyn Fleming, Benjamin Goirigolzarri, Russell Hanson, Connor P. Jackson, Kimberly Jackson, Sean Mann, Jenny Oberholtzer, Christina Panis, Alexander D. Rothenberg, Ricardo Sanchez, Matthew Sargent, Peter Schirmer, Hilary Reininger, Mitch Tuller. Realigning the Stars: A Methodology for Reviewing Active Component General and Flag Officer Requirements. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2018.

Dixon, L and Geoffrey McGovern. The Effect of Bankruptcy on Product Identification in Asbestos Personal Injury Cases. RAND Corporation (RR-907-ICJ) 2015.

Greenberg, M. and Geoffrey McGovern. Shining a Light on State Campaign Finance: An Evaluation of the Impact of the National Institute on Money in State Politics. RAND Corporation (RR-791-NIMSP) 2014.

Greenberg, M. and Geoffrey McGovern. Who Pays for Justice? Perspectives on State Court System Financing and Governance. RAND Corporation (RR-486-ICJ) 2014.