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Federica Coppola

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Visiting Fellow
Max Planck Institute
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Dr Federica Coppola

Dr Federica Coppola is a senior researcher in the Department of Criminal Law at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security, and Law in Freiburg.

From 2017 to 2020, she was the Robert A. Burt Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University. In conjunction with this post, she was a lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and a postdoc scholar in the Social Relations Lab and the Center for Justice at the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. As a Columbia University faculty member she was also involved in prison education programmes in New York City.

Dr Coppola holds a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from Studiorum University of Bologna Law School, an LLM in Comparative, European, and International Laws (2014) and a PhD in Law (2017) from the European University Institute. During her PhD studies, she was a Visiting Scholar in Criminal Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Penn Center for Neuroscience and Society.

Dr Coppola is an expert in criminal law theory and doctrine, theory of punishment, criminal justice, restorative justice, incarceration and human/constitutional rights. Her major scholarly contribution consists in advancing and innovating these legal domains with the application of empirical knowledge emanating from modern behaviour and brain sciences. Dr Coppola’s scholarship has been published in Anglo-American and European law reviews, interdisciplinary journals and edited collections. She is the author of two monographs— The Emotional Brain and the Guilty Mind: Novel Paradigms of Culpability and Punishment (Hart Publishing, 2021); The Real Pain of Punishment: Eradicating Social Exclusion from Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)—and co-editor of the volume Social Rehabilitation and Criminal Justice (Routledge, forthcoming). She currently serves as the Chair of the Directory Board of the Research Network on Law and the Cognitive Sciences (LACS).

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