2014 - 2016 Trustees


Karina Ansolabehere is 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.


Annie Bunting is an Associate Professor in the Law & Society program at York University in Toronto, teaching in the areas of legal pluralism and human rights. Professor Bunting is a graduate of York, having studied law at Osgoode Hall Law School (1988). She received her LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1991) and her S.J.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (1999). The topic of her doctoral dissertation is international women's rights, culture, and the case of early marriage. She has published articles in Social and Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Society, Canadian Journal of Women & the Law, and chapters in various book collections. She has served on the Editorial Boards of Law & Social Inquiry and the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. She was the Graduate Program Director of the new program in Socio-Legal Studies at York. In 2008, she was the LSA program co-Chair with D. Marie Provine for the joint meeting in Montreal and last year was the program committee Vice-Chair for the international meeting in Hawai`i. Professor Bunting has also served on various LSA committees including the 2013 Graduate Student Workshop and 50th LSA Anniversary committee. She is currently directing an international research collaboration on forced marriage in conflict situations (in five countries) with historians of slavery and women’s human rights scholars (2010-14); and has a book forthcoming with UBC Press titled Contemporary Slavery and Human Rights (Eds. with Joel Quirk) and another in the works titled Marriage by Force? Contestations over Coercion and Consent in Africa.


Tom Burke is Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, the University of California-Berkeley, and the Grant Sawyer Justice Studies Program at the University of Nevada, as well as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and with the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Program. Tom’s research focuses on the place of rights and litigation in public policy. His most recent project, a book with co-author Jeb Barnes (University of Southern California) to be published by Oxford University Press, examines how the American emphasis on court-based rights shapes U.S. politics.  Recent publications include "Making Way: Legal Mobilization, Organizational Response, and Wheelchair Access" (Law and Society Review, 2012), "Is There an Empirical Literature on Rights?" (Studies in Law, Politics and Society, 2009), and “Political Regimes and the Future of the First Amendment" (Studies in Law, Politics and Society, 2008).  He is the author of Lawyers, Lawsuits and Legal Rights: The Struggle Over Litigation in American Society (2002), and has co-authored with Lief Carter four editions of Reason in Law, most recently the 8th (2010). Within the Law and Society Association, Tom has served on the Diversity Committee and on the Herbert Jacob Book Award Committee, as well as the editorial boards of Law and Society Review and Law and Social Inquiry.  He has helped organize four editions of the Northeast Law and Society Conference, which is aimed at orienting younger scholars to law and society research.  Tom received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley.  His dissertation received the Corwin Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association and the Best Dissertation Award from the Western Political Science Association. 


Marianne Constable is Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where she holds the Zaffaroni Family Chair in Undergraduate Education. She also earned her J.D., Ph.D. (Jurisprudence and Social Policy), and B.A. (political science and philosophy) from Berkeley. She is the author of Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and Changing Conceptions of Law, Citizenship and Knowledge (winner of the LSA Hurst Prize); Just Silences: The Limits and Possibilities of Modern Law; and Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts (forthcoming 2014, Stanford University Press). In her current work on women who killed their husbands and got away with it under Chicago’s early twentieth-century “new unwritten law,” she uses and reflects on a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods as well on the writing of law and of history. She is also increasingly interested in issues and paradoxes of cultural, historic and environmental preservation in international and comparative perspective. As her publications and service in areas from sociology and political science to anthropology and history to literature and philosophy attest, she is committed to the study of law in its broadest sense. She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 2005-6 and taught a short course on law and language at Melbourne University in 2012. In spring 2014, she is co-convening, with Leti Volpp, a Strategic Working Group on Law and Humanities at Berkeley, where she has been awarded graduate and undergraduate mentoring prizes. In law-and-society related service, as former LSA treasurer, she placed excess runs of Law & Society Review at foreign libraries; she has also chaired LSA’s dissertation and nominations committees, presented at and planned numerous summer legal institutes and graduate student workshops, and has served on Wheeler Mentorship Award, Strategic Study Planning, and Annual Conference Program committees. She has served on Law & Social Inquiry’s advisory board, helped plan three West Coast Law and Society Retreats, and is the recipient of a James Boyd White Award from Law, Culture and the Humanities (LCH), with which she has been active as secretary, book review editor, grad student workshop committee and so forth, since its inception. Beyond law and society, she serves on numerous editorial boards and fellowship committees.


Liora Israël is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris). She graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1998. She completed her PhD in 2003 with a doctoral dissertation in sociology entitled “Dark Robes, Dark Years. Resistance among Lawyers and Magistrates during WWII. Historical Sociology of a Political Mobilization,” which has been published under the title Robes noires, années sombres. Avocats et magistrats en Résistance pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale (Paris: Fayard, 2005). Liora Israël’s main research interests are law and politics in historical perspective, legal mobilization theory, legal education in relation with the sociology of professions. She is particularly interested in methodological and epistemological issues. An active Law and Society scholar, she has participated in many annual meetings of the Law and Society Association since 2001, initially in the CRN Cause Lawyering. She recently co-organized an IRC (2010-2012) on legal education with E. Mertz, F. Engelmann and R. Vanneuville. She is a member of the 50th Anniversary Project, which is planning special programming for the next annual meeting (Minneapolis, 2014). She is currently a member of the editorial board of Droit et Société (LGDJ, France), and serves on the editorial board of the Revue Canadienne Droit et Société/Canadian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press), where she is the book review editor in French. In 2008, she was awarded the Adam Podgòrecki Prize (for “emerging socio-legal scholar”) established by the board of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (International Sociological Association). Among her recent publications: “Legalise It! The rising place of law in French sociology,” International Journal of Law in Context (2013, forthcoming); “Conseils de sociologues. Bruno Latour et Dominique Schnapper face au droit”, Genèses (2012) ; “International Criminal Justice: The Contribution of Human Sciences,” Books and Ideas, (2011); L’arme du droit, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, « Contester » (2009) (Italian translation, Spanish and Chinese forthcoming).


Ajay K. Mehrotra is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.  He is also an adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University and an Affiliated Faculty member of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis.  Before teaching at Indiana University, he was a Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation.  He received his BA in economics from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Georgetown, and his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Chicago.  Ajay teaches legal history and taxation, and his research focuses on the historical relationship between taxation and American state formation.  He is the author of Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), which is part of the Cambridge Series on Historical Studies in American Law and Society.  He is the co-editor (with Monica Prasad and Isaac William Martin) of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).  His writings have also appeared in several interdisciplinary journals including Law & Social Inquiry, Law & History Review, and Law & Society Review.  His scholarship and teaching have been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council.  He has been a member of the Law & Society Association (LSA) since the late 1990s, participating regularly in the annual conference, as well as the early career workshop and the summer institute.  More recently, Ajay has been a member of the LSA Student Paper Prize Committee and the 2013 annual conference program committee.


Lucy E. Salyer received her Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program in 1989. She is currently an associate professor, and the former Arthur K. Whitcomb Chair, in the History Department at the University of New Hampshire. Salyer’s publications include Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (recipient of the Theodore Saloutos Prize of the Immigration History Society), and several articles, two of which received prizes from the Law & Society Association (“Baptism by Fire: Race, Military Service, and U.S. Citizenship Policy, 1918-1935,” Journal of American History, 2004) and the Organization of American Historians (“Captives of Law,” Journal of American History, 1989). She is currently completing a book on the history of expatriation policies, to be published by Harvard University Press. She has been awarded fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Cromwell Foundation. Salyer has served on the William J. Hurst book prize committee, the Law & Society Board of Trustees, the editorial board of Law & History Review, and the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee for the American Society for Legal History.


Rebecca L. Sandefur is Associate Professor of Sociology and Law and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  She is also Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she founded and leads the Foundation’s access to justice research initiative, and 2013 The Hague Visiting Chair in the Rule of Law, affiliated with the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law.  Sandefur's research focuses on inequality, particularly as it relates to law. Her scholarship includes investigations of work and inequality in the legal profession and other professional occupations, lawyers' pro bono service and its contributions to legal aid, and studies of ordinary people’s experiences with common problems that could bring them into contact with the civil justice system.  Her current research on the public includes the Community Needs and Services Study (CNSS), a community-sited, multi-method study of ordinary people’s experiences with civil justice problems and the resources available to assist them in handling those problems. The CNSS is funded by the National Science Foundation (SES-1123507) and the American Bar Foundation.  Her current research on the legal profession includes work drawing on the After the JD (AJD) surveys that explores how lawyers who take relatively low-paying jobs serving government, public interest causes, or ordinary people are able (or not) to manage high levels of educational debt. She also serves on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the AJD. Sandefur’s past service to the Association has included work on article prize committees, Annual Meeting program committees, committees on publications and institutional infrastructure, and as faculty for the Graduate Student Workshop.  Her public service has included advising state access to justice commissions and service on the Right to Counsel Committee of the California Access to Justice Commission, the Research Advisory Board of the Civil Right to Counsel Leadership and Support Initiative, and the Sargent Shriver Civil Right to Counsel Evaluation Committee.  Before joining the American Bar Foundation and the University of Illinois, Sandefur received her PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2001 and served for 9 years on the sociology faculty of Stanford University.