Rachel Harmon teaches at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she is the Sullivan & Cromwell Professor of Law. She teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and civil rights. Her scholarship focuses on the legal regulation of the police.
Professor Harmon serves as an Associate Reporter on ALI’s Principles of the Law, Policing project.
Prior to joining the UVA law faculty, Professor Harmon worked as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice. After a brief stint at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, she worked in Washington, DC, in criminal section of the Civil Rights Division, prosecuting hate crimes and official misconduct cases, many of which involved excessive force or sexual abuse by police officers.
EDUCATION: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.; London School of Economics, M.Sc.; Yale Law School, J.D.