David B. Rottman, Ph.D., is a Principal Court Research Consultant at the National Center for State Courts, where he has worked since 1987. His research studies the influences that underlie the public trust in the courts, the effectiveness of alternative models for court system governance, the nature of judicial decision-making, and how best to evaluate judges. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters on topics important to the state courts, as well as numerous reports from specific research projects. Recent publications include: "Who Trusts the Trial Courts, to What Extent and Why?" in Cooperation and Compliance with Authority: The Role of Institutional Trust. Springer, 2015 (B. Bornstein and A. Tomkins, eds.); Thinking about Judges and Judicial Performance: The Perspective of the Public," Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 4, 2014 (D. Rottman & Tom Tyler); “Judicial Performance Evaluation in the States: A Reexamination,” Judicature, Vol. 98, 2014 (J. Elek, D. Rottman & B. Cutler); “The Verdict Is In: Judge and Administrator Perceptions of State Court Governance,” Justice System Journal Vol. 35, 2014 (C. Kimborough, M. Herian, D. Rottman, B. Bornstein & A. Tomkins).
Rottman previously worked at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland and taught sociology at the National University of Ireland and the University of Connecticut. Rottman holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana.