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Dr. John S. Morgan

Dr. John Morgan conducts research related to expert errors with an emphasis on forensic science errors in wrongful convictions. His work includes a landmark analysis of 732 wrongful convictions for the National Institute of Justice,, and a comprehensive textbook on the subject,


Dr. Morgan also provides consulting and training services related to forensic science, law enforcement, security technologies, and organizational improvement. He brings decades of experience conducting and directing research programs across the federal government and private sector.


Dr. Morgan’s government positions include service as Command Science Advisor for the US Army Special Operations Command, Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Counter-Terrorism Technical Support Office, and Director of the Office of Science & Technology in the Department of Justice’s NIJ. While at NIJ, he received the Service to America medal for his work to expand the nation’s capacity to perform DNA analyses. He has also chaired the Interagency Council on Applied Homeland Security Technology.


Dr. Morgan has conducted scientific research and development for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, RTI International, and the Department of Justice. His research work has encompassed forensic science, law enforcement technology, defense against weapons of mass destruction, optoelectronics, and the root causes of expert errors.


Dr. Morgan served eight years in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Howard and Prince George's counties and serving on the Judiciary, Ethics, and Commerce and Government Matters Committees. He also served as the Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society.


He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1990; his B.S. in Physics is from Loyola University in Maryland, where he is currently an instructor in the Forensic Studies program.

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