Discover Stanford for You: Exploring the Impact of Guns in Homes and Society

September 13, 2023 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Gun ownership rates in the United States have reached unprecedented levels. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have purchased firearms, many of them becoming gun-owners for the first time.

Stanford professors and researchers David Studdert and Maya Rossin-Slater will delve into the effects of introducing firearms into homes and the long-term consequences of school gun violence on students' mental health, education, and future economic prospects. Join us as we explore their insightful research findings in this crucial discussion.


David M. Studdert is a leading expert in the fields of health law and empirical legal research. His scholarship explores how the legal system influences the health and well-being of populations. A prolific scholar, he has authored more than 250 articles and book chapters, and his work appears frequently in leading international medical, law, and health policy publications. Professor Studdert holds a joint appointment as Professor of Health Policy in the School of Medicine and Professor of Law. He has served as Senior Associate Vice Provost of Research for the University since 2020, and will commence as Vice Provost and Dean of Research on September 1, 2023. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Professor Studdert was on the faculty at the University of Melbourne (2007-13) and the Harvard School of Public Health (2000-06). He has also worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a policy advisor to the Minister for Health in Australia, and a practicing attorney.

Maya Rossin-Slater is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic and Policy Research (SIEPR), a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, and her BA in Economics and Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley. Rossin-Slater’s research includes work in health, public, and labor economics. She focuses on issues in maternal, child, and family well-being, health disparities, and public policies and other factors affecting disadvantaged populations in the United States and other developed countries.