2013 - 2015 Trustees

Tanya HernandezTanya K. Hernandez, is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches Comparative Employment Discrimination, Critical Race Theory, and Trusts & Estates. She received her A.B. in Sociology from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as Note Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  Professor Hernandez, has been awarded a Non-resident Faculty Fellowship at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality for 2011-2013.  She has previously served as a Law and Public Policy Affairs Fellow at Princeton University; a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; an Independent Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and on the John Hope Franklin Prize Committee for the Law and Society Association in 2012.  In 2011, Professor Hernandez was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and in 2009 she was elected to the American Law Institute.  Professor Hernandez serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Legal Education, and the Latino Studies Journal published by Palgrave-Macmillian Press. 

Professor Hernandez’s scholarly interest is in the study of comparative race relations and anti-discrimination law.  Her most recent publication is the book Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response, (Cambridge Univ. Press) (available Oct. 2012).


Osagie ObasogieOsagie K. Obasogie (B.A. Yale University, J.D. Columbia Law School, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a joint appointment at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society. His research interests exist along two major threads that, broadly speaking, assess the sociological and legal aspects of racial formation. First, his work attempts to bridge the conceptual and methodological gaps between empirical and doctrinal scholarship on race. This effort can be seen in his recent work examining blind people’s understanding of race, which provides an empirical basis from which to rethink core assumptions embedded in lay and scholarly understandings of racial difference and discrimination. His first article from this project, Do Blind People See Race? Social, Legal, and Theoretical Considerations (Law & Society Review, 2010) won the Law & Society Association’s John Hope Franklin Prize in addition to being named runner-up for the Distinguished Article Award by the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. (A book version of this research is currently under contract with Stanford University Press.) His scholarship also looks at the past and present roles of science in both constructing racial meanings and explaining racial disparities. This research is tied to his interest in bioethics, particularly the social, ethical, and legal implications of reproductive and genetic technologies. His second book, Beyond Bioethics: Towards A New Biopolitics (with Marcy Darnovsky) is under contract with the University of California Press. Obasogie is also an affiliated faculty member with the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program at UCSF and UC Berkeley and is on the Bioethics Advisory Panel for the Kaiser Permanente Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health. He has served as a faculty mentor for the LSA Early Career Workshop (2011) and on the review committee for the LSA/ABF/NSF Law and Social Science Dissertation and Mentoring Fellowship (2010, 2011). He teaches Constitutional Law, Bioethics, and seminars on Critical Race Theory and new reproductive and genetic technologies.

Masayuki MurayamaMasayuki Murayama is Professor of Sociology of Law at School of Law, Meiji University, in Tokyo, Japan. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology of Law from the University of Tokyo and a LL.M. from University of California at Berkeley. He was a visiting research fellow at the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies at University of Oxford, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations in Paris, and Institut fuer Rechtssoziologie und Rechtstatsachen Forschung, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and is a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School. Masayuki has been conducting empirical research extensively on criminal and civil justice. His publications include “Patrol Police Activities in Changing Urban Conditions: The Case of the Tokyo Police,” in Ferrari & Faralli eds., Law and Rights (1993), “Does a Lawyer Make a Difference? Effects of a Lawyer on Mediation Outcome in Japan,” 13 International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 52, (1999), “Protecting the Innocent Through Criminal Justice: A Case Study from Spain, Virtually Compared to Germany and Japan,” (with J. Feest) in D. Nelken ed., Contrasting Criminal Justice: Getting from Here to There (2000), “The Role of the Defense Lawyer in the Japanese Criminal Process,” in Feeley & Miyazawa eds., The Japanese Adversary System in Context: Controversies and Comparisons (2002), “Experiences of Problems and Disputing Behavior in Japan,” 14 Meiji Law Journal 1 (2007), “Expanding Access to Lawyers: The Role of Legal Advice Centers,” Rebecca L. Sandefur (ed.), Access to Justice (2009), “Convergence from Opposite Directions? Characteristics of Japanese Divorce Law in Comparative Perspective,” in H.N. Scheiber and L.Mayali (eds.), Japanese Family Law in Comparative Perspective (2009), “The Origin and Development of Family Conciliation in Japan: A Political Aspect,” 32 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 143 (2010) as well as other books and articles published in Japanese. He directed Civil Justice Research Project, which included three national surveys covering the whole process from problem experience to civil litigation in Japan. After East Japan Disasters, he organized an international research group on law and disasters with his work focusing on issues of nuclear compensation for victims of Fukushima Daiichi Accidents. Masayuki has been a board member of Japanese Association of Sociology of Law since 1993, having served as President in 2008-2011, and also has been a board member of Research Committee on Sociology of Law, International Sociological Association, since 2000.  In LSA he served on Board of Trustees Class of 2010, International Scholarship Prize Committee 2005, International Activities Committee 2006-2008, Advanced Planning Committee for Berlin Meeting 2005-2007 and for Honolulu Meeting 2009-2011, Program Committee 2007 & 2012, and IRC Committee 2010-2012.

Michele GoodwinMichele Goodwin is the Everett Fraser Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota. She holds joint appointments at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Michele previously served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley at the Center for the Study of Law and Society.  Her research involves studying biotechnology, reproduction, and the expanses of human commodification and trafficking. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Social Inquiry and is the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Committee to Review Scholarly Papers.  In addition, Michele is Founder and Chair of the Law and Society CRN on Biotechnology and Bioethics.  She has served on the LSA Student Award Committee (2004), the Diversity Committee (2005-2007), and as a Senior Faculty Member for the LSA 2006 Summer Institute in South Africa. Michele is a reviewer for Cambridge University Press, New York University Press, the Journal of Population Economics, Law and Society Review, Law and Politics Review, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.  Her books include, Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Human Body Parts (2006); Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families (2010); and two forthcoming projects in 2013, including Altruism's Limits and the Global Body Market: The Law & Politics of Regulating Contestable Commodities and Policing The Womb.  She is currently engaged in a three year field research project on the trafficking of girls into underage marriages in India, South Africa, and the Philippines. 

Carol HeimerCarol A. Heimer is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. She received her BA from Reed College and her PhD from the University of Chicago.   In the law and society community, Carol has served previously as co-chair of the LSA meetings in Budapest, chair of the graduate student workshop, member of the LSA board of trustees, mentor in the LSA/ABF doctoral/post-doctoral program, and co-editor of Law and Social Inquiry.  She has recently completed a term as  co-editor of Regulation and Governance.  Carol spent 2007-08 as a Visiting Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton.  A recipient of the Ver Steeg Award for graduate teaching and mentoring, Carol usually teaches courses on law, medicine, and qualitative methods, with occasional forays in to topics such as the sociology of moral experience. In her scholarship, Carol is especially interested in the encounters between different normative and regulatory systems and the standards and rules they promulgate.  She has written on risk and insurance (Reactive Risk and Rational Action), organization theory (Organization Theory and Project Management), the sociology of law and the sociology of medicine (For the Sake of the Children, winner of both the theory and medical sociology prizes of the American Sociological Association).  A sampling of recent work includes:  “Bureaucratic Ethics: IRBs and the Legal Regulation of Human Subjects Research” (Annual Review of Law and Social Science), “Disarticulated Responsiveness: The Theory and Practice of Responsive Regulation in Multi-Layered Systems” (University of British Columbia Law Review), and “Performing Regulation: Transcending Regulatory Ritualism in HIV Clinics” (forthcoming, Law and Society Review). Her main current project is a book from her NSF-funded comparative study of the role of law in medicine. Tentatively titled The Legal Transformation of Medicine: How Rules Work in the Global World of HIV/AIDS, the book is grounded in ethnographic work and interviews in HIV clinics in the US, Uganda, South Africa, and Thailand.  Using the lens of HIV, the book looks at the transformation of American medicine from a system that relied largely on regulation by professional peers into an increasingly formal rule-based system.  This rule-based regulation has diffused widely beyond the US, sometimes freely adopted by medical workers eager for the legitimacy conferred by American medical science, at other times imposed on foreign scientific colleagues by American funding agencies and research organizations.

Chuck EppCharles Epp is Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas.  He has a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his research focuses on how rights both foster and limit social change.  Chuck is author of The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective (University of Chicago Press, 1998), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award of the Law & Courts section of the American Political Science Association, and Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and articles in many journals, among them Law & Social Inquiry and Law & Society Review.  With two colleagues, he is currently completing a book manuscript titled Pulled Over: Racial Framing of Police Stops on how police policies create racial disparities in front-line law enforcement and shape the meaning of race in the post-civil rights era.  Chuck has been a member of the Law & Society Association since 1990 and has served in numerous capacities: the Board of Trustees (2001-03) and the committees on Nominations (2005), Diversity (2007-09), the Summer Institute (2005-07), the Graduate Student Workshop (2011), the Best Dissertation Award (2000, 2010, 2012), and the Law & Society Review Editor Search Committee (2002) and Editorial Advisory Board (2005-08). 


Tamir MoustafaTamir Moustafa is Associate Professor of International Studies and Stephen Jarislowsky Chair at Simon Fraser University in Canada.  His publications include, The Struggle for Constitutional Power: Law, Politics, and Economic Development in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Rule by Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (with Tom Ginsburg, Cambridge University Press, 2008), and research at the intersection of law, religion, and society in Law and Social Inquiry and other socio-legal outlets.  Tamir’s current research explores the politics of Islamic law in Malaysia and Egypt, examining how liberal and Islamist litigation provokes and shapes competing conceptions of national and religious identity, resolves or exacerbates contending visions of Islamic law, and ultimately bolsters or undermines government legitimacy.  Tamir has been a member of the Law and Society Association since the late 1990s.  He served on the Law and Politics Book Review editorial board, the LSA Graduate Student Paper and Undergraduate Student Paper Awards committees, and, with Intisar Rabb (NYU/Harvard) recently launched a new LSA Collaborative Research Network in Islamic Law and Society.

Sida LiuSida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Research Fellow at Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. His current research interests focus on the historical change, social structure, political mobilization, and globalization of the legal profession. He has published articles in the Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, China Quarterly, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, as well as in leading law and social science journals in China. He is the author of two books in Chinese: The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (Peking University Press, 2008) and The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2011). He also edited and translated into Chinese The Holmes Reader: Selected Essays and Public Speeches of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2009). In 2012, he served on the Law & Society Association’s Dissertation Prize Committee. He also organized an International Research Collaborative (“Law and Globalization: Chinese Experience in Comparative Perspective”) for the 2012 International Conference on Law and Society in Hawaii.