Matthew Kleiman, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

Phone: 814.863.2543


Matthew Kleiman, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and an Associate Research Professor with the Department of Sociology and Criminology at The Pennsylvania State University. As deputy director of the Commission he provides leadership and oversight of the Research and Analysis and Data Management work units and promotes the research partnerships with The Pennsylvania State University and other research institutions and criminal justice partners. His current research focuses on the development of risk assessment tools for use at pretrial release and at sentencing, as well as the development of guidelines to inform parole decisions.

Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Kleiman worked for close to two decades at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) where he visited more than 100 trial courts and worked with hundreds of judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and court staff throughout the Unites States and across the world. While at NCSC he developed tools and provided information to key justice system stakeholders to better inform and improve decision-making. Additionally, his work focused on the development of resource assessment models, strategic planning, program evaluation, the implementation of court specific performance measures, and improving the rule of law, including projects in Bulgaria, Kosovo, Serbia, Tunisia, and the West Bank. He holds a doctorate in political science from Michigan State University.