Teaching Fellows

Kyla Bourne

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Kyla Bourne

Kyla Bourne

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Dr. Bourne's current research uses a regression discontinuity approach to evaluate the decarcerative impact of several recent reforms in criminal legal practice in Chicago. More broadly, she aims to define the conditions under which the authority of criminal law enforcement may be democratically legitimate. Might these conditions be achieved through incremental reform, or do they require entirely new criminal legal institutions?

Kyla has worked at the Cook County State's Attorney, the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, and the Vera Institute of Justice. She is a founding organizer and lead instructor of 'Hacking 4 Justice,' a free, intensive workshop that teaches community members to make sense of local prosecution data. She also teaches a weekly meditation class to detainees at the Cook County Department of Corrections.

She is an alumna of MAPSS who went on to earn her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago. Kyla also holds a Master's of Legal Studies from the University of Chicago Law School, as well as B.A. degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of British Columbia.

You can visit her personal site here.