Phillip Atiba Goff

Phillip Atiba Goff is an American psychologist known for researching the relationship between race and policing in the United States.[2] He was appointed the inaugural Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2016, the college's first endowed professorship. In 2020, he became a Professor of African-American Studies and Psychology at Yale University.

Phillip Atiba Goff
EducationHarvard University AB 1999
Stanford University MA 2001
PhD 2005[1]
Known forWork on race and policing in the United States
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
InstitutionsPennsylvania State University
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Yale University
ThesisThe space between US: stereotype threat for whites in interracial domains (2005)
Doctoral advisorClaude Steele

Early lifeEdit

Goff grew up in Philadelphia. He was born about 1977, based on his year of college graduation.

Goff earned an AB from Harvard University in 1999 in Afro-American studies.[1] He received an MA in 2001 in Social Psychology and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University in 2005.[3][1]


Goff has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government[4] and an associate professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University, in 2004-2005.[1]

Goff is the Co-founder and CEO of the research center/action organization Center for Policing Equity,[3][5] which conducts research with the aim of ensuring accountable and racially unbiased policing in the United States.[6] CPE is the host of a National Science Foundation-funded effort to collect national data on police behavior, specifically stops and use of force, called the National Justice Database.[7] The analytic framework Goff developed as part of the NJD has been called a potential model for police data accountability nationally.[8] In 2016, a decade after its founding, the Center relocated from UCLA to John Jay.[9][10] In 2020, the Center relocated from John Jay to Yale.

Goff was also a key figure in the founding of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice in 2014 [10] and gave testimony before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.[11]


In 2008, Goff, Margaret Thomas, and Matthew Christian Jackson published findings that white undergraduates incorrectly identified black women by sex more than any other race or gender.[12][clarification needed]

He has published extensively in journals. [1]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1999, Goff co-founded the Oakland, California-based queer hip hop group Deep Dickollective.[13] During his time as a musician in this group, he was known as "Lightskindid Philosopher" or LSP.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD Curriculum Vita" (PDF). US House of Representatives. 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "First Named Professorship Established At John Jay With Funding From Ford Foundation And Atlantic Philanthropies". John Jay College of Criminal Justice. March 22, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Faculty Page". UCLA Psychology Department. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Meagher, Tom (May 18, 2016). "The lack of information about policing is criminal". Newsweek. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "History". Center for Policing Equity. Los Angeles. 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Woo, Marcus (January 21, 2015). "How Science Is Helping America Tackle Police Racism". Wired. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Goff, Phillip Atiba (August 26, 2014). "America's Lack of a Police Behavior Database Is a Disgrace. That's Why I'm Leading a Team to Build One". The New Republic. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Jervis, Rick (October 12, 2016). "Report on racial disparities among Austin Police could be model for USA". USA Today. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Taking On Racial Profiling With Data". NPR. December 14, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (March 22, 2016). "U.C.L.A. Center on Police-Community Ties Will Move to John Jay College". The New York Times. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "President's Task Force Hearing on Community Policing". C-SPAN. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  12. ^ Onwuachi-Willig, Angela (June 18, 2018). "What About #UsToo?: The Invisibility of Race in the #MeToo Movement". Yale Law Journal Forum. 128: 115. Retrieved February 11, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Hix, Lisa (June 22, 2006). "Deep Dickollective". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  14. ^ Zarley, B. David (February 20, 2013). "Tim'm West and the masculine mystique". Chicago Reader. Retrieved September 24, 2016.

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