LSA 2015 Program Committee Bios

Karina Ansolabehere is a researcher and professor in The Latin American School of Social Sciences, campus Mexico (FLACSO-MEXICO) since 2003. She is a member of the National Researchers System of Mexico. Her topics of interest are: judicial politics, human rights, judicializacion of human rights, legal cultures and political theory, with special focus in Latin America. She has taught courses on sociology of law, judicial politics, human rights and political theory.  She has a degree in sociology for the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a PHD in Social Sciences with especialization in Political Sciences for FLACSO-Mexico. She is author of the book La política desde la justicia. Cortes Supremas Gobierno y Democracia en Argentina y México(2007) (The policy from the justice. Supreme Courts, government and democracy in Argentina and Mexico) and scientific director of the Spanish edition of the Dictionary de Derechos Humanos. Cultura de la ciudadanía en la era de la globalización (2009) (Human rights dictionary. Culture of citizenship in the globalization era) as well as many chapters and articles like: (2010) “More Power, more Rights? The Supreme Court and Society in Mexico”, in Hunneeus, A: Couso, J; Sieder, R (coord)  Legal Cultures and political activism in Latin America, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. In the academic year 2012-2013 she was visiting professor of the Human Rights Program in the University of Minnesota and actually is working on a book about the judicial politics of human rights.


My name is Rob Castro and I am an Associate Professor of Politics, Administration & Justice at the California State University, Fullerton. I hold a B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society from U.C. Irvine; a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. In law school, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Chicano-Latino Law Review.  I am interested in evaluating enforcement asymmetries (inequalities) scaled along characteristics like race, nationality, and status in both contemporary and historical settings particularly within the u.s.-mexico border region.

My research has been published in both peer-reviewed and juried academic journals like the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (U.C. Press), La Raza Law Review (U.C. Berkeley Law), twice in Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave & Post-Slave Studies (Routledge), the American Journal of Legal History (Temple Law) and the Rutgers Journal of Race & the Law (Rutgers Law). In support of my research, Yale University awarded me a Gilder-Lehrman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance to live and work in New Haven, CT. My research on immigration and borderland violence has been published in the Journal of Hate Studies (Gonzaga Univ); the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy (JFK School of Gov’t); and in AMICUS: the online journal for the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review (Harvard Law). I have two forthcoming articles in 2014 being published in U.C. Berkeley’s Law Raza Law Review and also the Harvard Latino Law Review. I am beginning work on a book titled Purging Mixed Blood Wars: Law, Alien Races, and American State-Building in the Western Territories (1848-1868) – this book analyzes federal liberation activities in the nineteenth century west relative to the expansion of the American state.

For several years, I have participated in conferences and served on or chaired award committees for the Law & Society Association (LSA). For LSA, I have chaired and served on the LSA Graduate Article Prize Committee (2010 & 2011), and served on the LSA Dissertation Prize Committee (2012) and the LSA Outstanding Mentor Committee (2013).


Lynette J. Chua is assistant professor of law at the National University of Singapore, and a law and society scholar with research interests in law and social change, and law and social movements. Her 2014 book published by Temple University Press, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State, analyzes the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of Singapore's gay and lesbian movement, and explicates the complex role of law and meanings of rights. Besides her ethnographic study of Singapore's movement, she is conducting fieldwork on and writing about the emergence of sexual minority rights mobilization in Myanmar at a time of political transition, and initiating a broader collaborative project to examine the intersection of law, politics, and sexual minority rights activism across various Asian countries. In addition, Lynette is working in collaboration with other law and society scholars to develop and promote law and society scholarship on Southeast Asia. These efforts include organizing a conference entitled, Researching State and Personhood: Law and Society in Southeast Asia, to be held on 15-16 December 2014 at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore.


Javier Couso is Professor of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Program at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association (2007-2009) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL). Professor Couso has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne (2014 & 2012), Leiden University (2012) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006-2007), among others. He specializes on constitutionalism and the study of processes of judicialization of politics, with an emphasis on Latin America.  His publications include "The Constitutional Law of Chile" (Kluwer Law International, 2011) and "Cultures of Legality: Judicialization and Political Activism in Latin America" (Cambridge University Press, 2010, with Alexandra Huneeus and Rachel Sieder as co-editors).


Terry Halliday is Co-Director, Center on Law and Globalization; Research Professor, American Bar Foundation; Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University; Adjunct Professor of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, Australian National University.  Halliday directs three research programs on law and globalization. (1) His research program on China (with Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin) studies the struggles of criminal defense lawyers and leading human rights lawyers to protect basic legal freedoms.  (2) Jointly with Lucien Karpik (Paris) and Malcolm Feeley ( Berkeley), he leads an inter-disciplinary international network of scholars who study the role of the legal complex in the protection of basic legal freedoms worldwide. The most recent volume from this project, Fates of Political Freedom in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex (Cambridge University Press, 2012).  (3) The third program undertakes empirical research on global law-making for international trade. His current book in preparation, Global Legislators: How International Organizations Make Trade Law for the World, is co-authored with Susan Block-Lieb.  On globalization, law and legal theory, Halliday’s book, edited with Gregory Shaffer, Transnational Legal Orders,will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. In cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, Halliday led an external assessment of the IMF’s role in the monitoring of global standards on anti-money laundering and the financing of terrorism promulgated and assessed by the Financial Action Task Force in Paris. The report, Global Surveillance of Dirty Money was released January 2014.


Iza Hussin is Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. Her recent work has focused upon the mobility of law and legal projects in empire, and upon the politics of Islamic law in both contemporary and colonial periods. Her book on the transformation of Islamic law and the Muslim state during British colonisation in India, Malaya and Egypt, The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. The work upon which this book is based has won awards from APSA and the International Convention of Asia Scholars.

Professor Hussin's work is based upon comparative, archival and textual research in Arabic, Malay and English texts across various sites of empire and legal transformation, and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has been a Fellow in Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and at the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge, is a Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and is Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of APSA. Her new research includes a collaborative project on Internet fatwa and a second book project on the mobility of law across the Indian Ocean arena.


Marie-Andrée Jacob is Senior Lecturer in Law at Keele University in the UK. She is generally interested in activities that sit on the border between legality and illegality. So far her research has focused on areas pertaining to law medicine and society: organ transplantation, and research integrity and misconduct.  In 2010 she received the Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association for ‘most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship in the award year’ for her article, ‘The Shared History’: unknotting fictive kinship and legal process’ (LSR 2009). She was co-editor of a Political and Legal Anthropology Review special issue on the bureaucratization of research ethics, and in 2012 her book Matching Organs with Donors was published in as part of the Contemporary Ethnography series at the University of Pennsylvania Press.  Marie’s work has been supported by various funding bodies, including a 2013 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship in the Science and Culture programme. This AHRC Fellowship allowed for in-depth research into the casework of the General Medical Council on research misconduct for the period 1990-2012 as well as for numerous dissemination events to academic and practitioners. Since 2010, Marie conducts ethnographic observations in the quarterly Forum of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), an international charity assisting editors and publishers to handle allegations of research misconduct. Marie sits on the Research Ethics Panel at Keele University, and acts as an external examiner in the Masters in Law and Anthropology at the LSE. In 2013 she joined the Expert Working Group on Public Issues of the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation of the European Society of Transplantation (ESOT).  She served on the LSA Annual Meeting Programme Committee in 2008.


Amalia D. Kessler is the Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies and Professor (by courtesy) of History at Stanford University.  Her research focuses on the evolution of commercial law and civil procedure, exploring the roots of modern market culture and present-day process norms.  In 2008, her book, A Revolution in Commerce: The Parisian Merchant Court and the Rise of Commercial Society in Eighteenth-Century France (Yale University Press, 2007), was awarded the American Historical Association’s J. Russell Major Prize for the best book in English on any aspect of French history.  And in 2011, she received the Hessel Yntema Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law for the “most outstanding” article by a scholar under 40 appearing in the previous year’s volume of the American Journal of Comparative Law.  She is currently finishing a new book concerning the nineteenth-century origins of American adversarialism, which adopts a law-and-society perspective in place of the internalist, doctrinal approach that has long dominated research into the history of procedure:Inventing American Exceptionalism: The Origins of American Adversarial Legal Culture, 1800-1877(under contract with Yale University Press). 


Ron Levi is Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology at the University of Toronto, where he holds the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies, and is the Director of Academic Programs for the Munk School of Global Affairs. He is cross-appointed to the Departments of Political Science and Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. In his current research, Ron focuses on the internationalization of law through the fields of international criminal law, human rights, and responses to atrocities and mass violence. He also works on the law and politics of crime prevention strategies, and on relationships to the state among immigrant and diaspora communities. He has taught courses on international criminal justice, the sociology of law, law and society, and now runs a genocide reading group. Ron has been a Fellow and Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, served as Director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and has recently been appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CÉRIUM), Université de Montréal. Ron is an active member of the Law & Society Association, having served on the LSA International Committee for two years, the LSA Program Committee for two years, the LSA Dissertation Prize Committee, and the LSA Membership Committee. He is also a past attendee of the LSA Graduate Student Workshop and the LSA Summer Institute. 

I joined UNSW Law School in October 2012 as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, on a four-year research fellowship, having taught at the University of Bristol, UK for seven years as Professor of Socio-legal Studies. Prior to Bristol, I taught at the University of Oxford in association with both St Hilda’s College and Wadham College, and a very long time ago, I taught at the University of Sydney Law School. I have been a past Trustee of LSA and on the International and Summer School Committees. I’ve also served on the Executive Committee of the UK Socio-legal Studies Association.


Bronwen Morgan.      My research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts: Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition: The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification (Ashgate 2003), An Introduction to Law and Regulation: Text and Materials (with Karen Yeung, Cambridge 2007). More recently, I've become particularly interested in the interaction between regulation and rights, especially in the context of social activism and claims for social and economic human rights. These lines of interest can be seen in my two most recent projects: one on the rise of the regulatory state in the developing world (The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South (co-edited with Navroz Dubash), Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013), and another on access to urban water services in comparative perspective (Water on Tap: Rights and Regulation in the Transnational Governance of Urban Water Services, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2011). I’ve also mentored early career work in these areas: The Intersection of Rights and Regulation: New Directions in Socio-Legal Scholarship (ed. Bronwen Morgan), Ashgate Press 2007. Currently I've begun working on two new research projects: one on legal support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change in Australia and the UK, and a second project (with Navroz Dubash, funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada) on sub-national and local dimensions of climate change policy in developing countries, particularly India and South Africa.


Tamir Moustafa is Associate Professor of International Studies and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University in Canada.  His research stands at the intersection of comparative law and society, religion and politics, and state-society relations, all with a regional focus on the Middle East and, more recently, Southeast Asia.He is the author of The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law, Politics, and Economic Development in Egypt (Cambridge University Press 2007) and co-editor of Rule by Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge University Press 2008).  His current research explores the public debates that are generated as a result of dual constitutional commitments to Islamic law and liberal rights in Egypt and Malaysia.  He currently serves as a Trustee for the Law and Society Association.


Christine Parker has conducted socio-legal research on business responses to legal regulation and social responsibilities, the impact of regulatory enforcement on business, internal corporate responsibility systems, lawyers' ethics and the regulation of lawyers. She is now working on the politics, ethics and regulation of food. She teaches legal ethics and regulatory enforcement and compliance. Professor Parker has held a number of major academic research grants in her areas of research and also does research work and provides policy advice on a consultancy basis for government and regulatory agencies. Her recent projects have included research in the areas of the United Nation's Respect, Protect and Remedy Framework for business and human rights, competition and consumer protection regulation and compliance, including the new criminal anti-cartel offence, environmental regulation, ethical cultures inside law firms and research with Consumer Affairs Victoria on compliance strategies for real estate agents and conveyancors.


Pascoe Pleasence is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies and co-director of the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies in the UCL Faculty of Laws. He is also a Foundation Fellow of the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously he was Academic and Scientific Advisor at the Legal Services Commission, following a decade working as Head of the Legal Services Research Centre in London. He continues to advise a range of governmental bodies in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a member of the International Group of Experts on the Measurement of Access to Justice, the International Working Group on Civil Justice and Dispute Resolution, the International Working Group on the Legal Profession, the International Legal Aid Group. 
Pascoe Pleasence's research is sited in the empirical legal research tradition. His substantive areas of research interest span the civil and criminal justice fields, but he has a particular interest in the public's understanding and experience of law, access to justice and decision making. He was responsible for the design and implementation of the English and Welsh Civil and Social Justice Survey (and its successor, the English and Welsh Civil and Social Justice Panel Survey), a large scale nationally representative survey of the public's experience of civil justice issues. All of his projects adopt an inter-disciplinary approach, and involve collaboration with researchers in fields such as criminology, economics, epidemiology, political science and psychology. He has published widely in the field of empirical legal studies, both in English and Japanese, and his work has been cited by the House of Lords in Callery v. Gray [2002] UKHL 28. 


Mary Nell Trautner is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her work touches on a variety of topics and questions in law and society, including access to justice (how personal injury lawyers screen cases and clients; how families who experience birth injuries decide whether or not to sue their doctors), law and gender (appearance-related employment discrimination lawsuits; public sexual harassment in Singapore and the U.S.); the legal profession (prosecutors as cause lawyers); legal consciousness (how legal knowledge shapes day labor workers' desire for workplace change); law and social movements (how living wage campaigns influence labor union organizing), and law and popular culture (gendered, raced, and classed representations of tort plaintiffs in the "Stella" awards).


Mary Rose received an A.B. in Psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Duke University.  Formerly a research fellow at the American Bar Foundation, she is currently an associate professor of sociology and law at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses on social science and law as well as social psychology and research methods.  Her research examines lay participation in the legal system and perceptions of justice, and she has written on a variety of topics including the effects of jury selection practices on jury representativeness and citizens’ views of justice, jury trial innovations, civil damage awards, and public views of court practices.  She is also an investigator on the landmark study of decision making among 50 deliberating juries from Pima County, Arizona.  In 2005, her research on the peremptory challenge was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Miller-el v. Dretke (Breyer, J., concurring) and her work on punitive damages was cited in the 2008 decision Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker.  She has been on the editorial boards of Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Law & Human Behavior, and Criminology. She has previously served the Law & Society Association through work on the student awards committee (’04), the program committee (’05, ’08), the ad hoc committee on Annual Meeting Innovation (’10), the ad hoc CRN committee (’14) and twice as a Trustee.