Geoffrey McGovern

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Director of Intellectual Property and Political & Social Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


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

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Geoffrey McGovern is a political and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and director of Intellectual Property. 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 Ph.D. in political science from Binghamton University in New York and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Recent Projects

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

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Fellow, J. William Fulbright Program


  • Judge Merrick Garland speaks after President Obama announced him as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, March 16, 2016

    A Spotlight on the Supreme Court, and Its Vacancy

    More than four months have passed since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In a time of contentious politics, a clear majority of Americans want the court to have a full bench. But they appear unlikely to get it soon.

    Jul 19, 2016 The Hill