William C. Thompson (J.D. Berkeley, 1982; Ph.D. Stanford, 1984) is a professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He has joint appointments in Psychology and Social Behavior and in the School of Law at UCI. Recently he has been a visiting scholar at the University of Lausanne and a Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He chairs the Human Factors Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), and serves on the Human Factors Subcommittee of the National Commission on Forensic Science. He has published extensively on the use and misuse of scientific and statistical evidence in the courtroom and on jurors’ reactions to such evidence. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) through the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE). Although he is primarily an academic, he has (as a lawyer) represented parties in both criminal and civil matters involving scientific and statistical evidence.