Phillip Atiba Goff

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Phillip Atiba Goff
Alma materStanford University
Known forWork on race and policing in the United States
Scientific career
FieldsSocial psychology
InstitutionsJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice, Yale University
ThesisThe space between US: stereotype threat for whites in interracial domains (2005)
Doctoral advisorClaude Steele

Phillip Atiba Goff is a psychologist known for researching the relationship between race and policing in the United States.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Goff earned an AB from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.[2]


Goff has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government[3] and an associate professor of social psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Goff is the Co-founder and CEO of the research center/action organization Center for Policing Equity,[2] which conducts research with the aim of ensuring accountable and racially unbiased policing in the United States.[4] 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.[5] The analytic framework Goff developed as part of the NJD has been called a potential model for police data accountability nationally.[6] In 2016, a decade after its founding, the Center relocated from UCLA to John Jay.[7][8] 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 [8] and gave testimony before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.[9]

In 1999, Goff co-founded the Oakland, California-based queer hip hop group Deep Dickollective.[10] During his time as a musician in this group, he was known as Lightskindid Philosopher or LSP.[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]


  1. ^ "First Named Professorship Established At John Jay With Funding From Ford Foundation And Atlantic Philanthropies". John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty Page". UCLA Psychology Department. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. ^ "The lack of information about policing is criminal". Newsweek. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  4. ^ Woo, Marcus (21 January 2015). "How Science Is Helping America Tackle Police Racism". Wired. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ Goff, Phillip Atiba (2014-08-26). "America's Lack of a Police Behavior Database Is a Disgrace. That's Why I'm Leading a Team to Build One". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  6. ^ "Report on racial disparities among Austin Police could be model for USA". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  7. ^ "Taking On Racial Profiling With Data". NPR. 14 December 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, Sam (22 March 2016). "U.C.L.A. Center on Police-Community Ties Will Move to John Jay College". New York Times. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  9. ^ "President's Task Force Hearing on Community Policing". Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  10. ^ Hix, Lisa (22 June 2006). "Deep Dickollective". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  11. ^ Zarley, B. David (20 February 2013). "Tim'm West and the masculine mystique". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  12. ^ Onwuachi-Willig, Angela (18 June 2018). "What About #UsToo?: The Invisibility of Race in the #MeToo Movement". Yale Law Journal Forum. 128: 115. Retrieved 11 February 2020.

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