Professor Mary D. Fan's research and teaching are informed by her experiences as a federal prosecutor and as an associate legal officer at a United Nations criminal tribunal. Professor Fan's expertise includes U.S. and international criminal law and procedure, evidence, privacy, and immigration. Among her current projects are two forthcoming books: Camera Power: Proof, Policing and Privacy (Cambridge University Press) and Starving Science: Producing Knowledge and Ignorance (Stanford University Press).
Trained in epidemiology and anthropology as well as law, she collaborates on interdisciplinary violence prevention research as a core faculty member at Harborview Medical Center's Injury Prevention & Research Center. She also is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health where she collaborates on research with the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Professor Fan was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2012 and is an Advisor to the ALI's Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Crimes Project. She is a two-time recipient of the Dean's Medal for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
Mary Fan clerked for the Hon. John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge O-Gon Kwon at the first war crimes tribunal since the World War II era. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Scholar. At Yale, she was a Notes Editor for the Yale Law Journal, a Managing Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and a Coker Teaching Fellow. She was awarded the Jewell Prize and the Nathan Burkan Prize for her publications.