2016 Program Committee Bios

Heinz Klug, co-chair
Heinz Klug is Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, he participated in the anti-apartheid struggle, spent 11 years in exile and returned to South Africa in 1990 as a member of the ANC Land Commission and researcher for the chairperson of the ANC Constitutional Committee. His research interests include constitutional transitions, constitution-building and human rights. He has published widely including: Comparative Constitutional Law in Context (with Stephen Ross and Helen Irving, LexisNexis, 2014); The South African Constitution: A Contextual Analysis (Hart, 2010) and Constituting Democracy: Law, Globalism, and South Africa's Political Reconstruction (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Herbert (Bert) Kritzer, co-chair
Herbert M. Kritzer (Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1974; B.A. Haverford College 1969) is the Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Law School, and is also an Affiliated Professor of Political Science. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota he was Professor of Law at the William Mitchell College of Law (2007-09), and Professor of Political Science and Law at University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977-2007). From 2003 to 2007 he served as editor of Law & Society Review.  He has conducted extensive empirical research on a range of law related topics including the civil justice system, the legal profession, judicial selection, and judicial decision-making; his research includes work in the United States as well as other common law countries.  He is the author or coauthor of seven books and more than 100 articles or book chapter. His most recent books are Justices on the Ballot: Continuity and Change in State Supreme Court Elections (Cambridge University Press 2015) and Lawyers at Work (Quid Pro 2015).  He is the editor of Legal Systems of the World (ABC-CLIO, 2002) and coeditor of the Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research (Oxford University Press 2010).

Susan Bandes
Susan A. Bandes is Centennial Distinguished Professor at DePaul University College of Law. She was a Visiting Scholar at the U.C. Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society in 2005, and has taught at the University of Miami and visited at the University of Chicago and Northwestern Law Schools. Prior to entering academia, she was staff counsel for the Illinois ACLU. Her scholarship focuses on criminal procedure, federal jurisdiction, civil rights, and the interdisciplinary study of the role of emotion in law. Her book The Passions of Law was published by NYU Press in 2000. Her articles appear in the Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago and Michigan Law Reviews, Law and Social Inquiry, and Law and Contemporary Problems, among others. She is currently co-editing a special issue of Emotion Review on law and emotion, and acting as investigative advisor for a study of the emotional impact of gruesome forensic photos on juror decision-making. She has served on the Law and Society Association’s Local Arrangements Committee (2003), Graduate Student Workshop Planning Committee (1999 and 2011) and Article Prize Committee (2007).

Ellen Berrey
Ellen Berrey is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Denver and an affiliated scholar of the American Bar Foundation. Prior to her appointment at DU, she was on the faculty at the University at Buffalo-SUNY. Her research brings insights of cultural sociology to the study of inequality, race, law, and organizations. Her areas of interest include the symbolic politics of diversity, employment discrimination law, admissions in public universities, and social entrepreneurship. Her first book, The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and the Limits of Racial Justice (2015, University of Chicago Press), shows how the organizational push for diversity has helped to tame the civil rights movement’s more radical demands for equality. Her articles have been published in American Behavioral Scientist, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, City & Community, Contexts, Critical Sociology, Du Bois Review, Law & Society Review, and Theory & Society.  She is working on her second book with Robert Nelson and Laura Beth Nielsen, Rights on Trial: Employment Civil Rights in the Workplace and in Court, in consultation with the University of Chicago Press.

Paul Collins
Paul M. Collins, Jr. is the Director of Legal Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses on understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and social movement litigation. Collins is the author of Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (Oxford University Press) and coauthor of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change (Cambridge University Press). The recipient of numerous research awards, he has published articles in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Politics, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Political Research Quarterly, and other journals. His research has been funded by grants from the Dirksen Congressional Center and the National Science Foundation. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Justice System Journal, Law & Society Review, and Political Research Quarterly, and is the List Master of the Law and Courts Discussion List.

Jennifer Culbert
Jennifer L. Culbert is an Associate Professor in the Political Science department at Johns Hopkins University. At JHU, she teaches courses in political theory and law. She has interests in a wide range of subjects, including state violence, jurisprudence, ethics, judgment, aesthetics, and language. She has written articles and book chapters on revenge, mercy, pain, capital punishment, metaphysics, the philosophy of becoming, and law and literature. She is the author of Dead Certainty: The Death Penalty and the Problem of Judgment (Stanford University Press, 2008) and the co-editor, with Austin Sarat, of States of Violence: War, Capital Punishment, and Letting Die (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She is currently writing a book on the philosophy of law and the thought of Hannah Arendt.

Sara Dezalay
Sara Dezalay is a Research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence ‘The formation of normative orders’ of the Goethe Universität, Frankfurt. Her work expounds a socio-historical approach to law based on an interdisciplinary background in international law and political sociology. After graduating from the European University Institute in Florence in 2011, she spent two postdoctoral years at the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the expansion of transnational law and international justice in global and national politics, with a particular interest for the position of Africa in legal globalization. Her research strategy adopts a micro perspective that relates legal transformations to professional practices and evolutions in fields of power, at the international and domestic levels. Her empirical work connects multiple sites of deployment of legal globalization, in the framework of three main research projects. The first relates the growth of high stakes disputes between states and investors over public policies and natural resources to the transformation of transnational modalities of dispute settlement (with e.g. ‘Professionals of international justice. From the shadow of state diplomacy to the pull of the market of arbitration’, in André Nollkaemper, Jean d’Aspremont, Wouter Werner and Tarcisio Gazzini (eds.), International Law as a Profession (with the contribution of Yves Dezalay), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). The second looks at the expansion and institutionalization of international criminal justice, in the framework of a longstanding collaboration with Ron Levi and John Hagan (e.g. ‘International Courts in Atypical Political Environments: The Interplay of Prosecutorial Strategy, Evidence, and Court Authority in International Criminal Law’, Law and Contemporary Problems, forthcoming). Her third sets of projects look more specifically at legal transformations on the African continent: with a case-study of Burundi  (e.g. ‘The cause of transitional justice in post-conflict Burundi’, Critique internationale, forthcoming (with Juliana Lima); and a wider project on the transformation of corporate legal markets on the African continent that she is developing with David Wilkins and Swethaa Ballakrishnen. She is expanding this focus on Africa through research collaborations and networks, with the lead coordination of a special volume of Politique africaine on the roles played by lawyers historically in the trajectory of states in the African Souths and as brokers of globalization (Lawyers in Africa. Dealing in law, building the state, forthcoming June 2015, with the contribution of George H. Karekwaivanane); and the setting-up of the collaborative platform ‘Lawyers and legal imperialism(s)’ in the framework of the International Working Group for Comparative Studies of Legal Professions (with Wes Pue and Swethaa Ballakrishnen).

Ronit Dinovitzer
Ronit Dinovitzer is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where she is cross appointed to the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI). She is also a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, where she is Co-Director of the Research Group on Legal Diversity, and Affiliated Faculty in Harvard's Program on the Legal Profession. Through her research on the legal profession, Ronit draws together analyses of the professions with research in social policy, including the social organization of lawyers, the context of labor markets, and the role of diversity in professional careers. She has served on a number of LSA committees, including serving as Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Workshop Committee, and as a member of the prize committee, international prize committee, and program committee.

Mari Hirayama
Mari Hirayama is an Associate Professor of Criminal Procedure & Criminology, at Hakuoh University, Faculty of Law, Tochigi, Japan. She received her Master of Laws from Kwansei Gakuin University Graduate School of Law. As a Fulbright Scholar from 2002-2004, she received an LL.M. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003, and then was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS). She came back to the CSLS from 2013-2014, once again the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she conducted a comparative study of criminal justice policy for sex crimes in the US and Japan. Her recent research interest is in issues in lay participation trials especially in sex crime cases. Her recent publications (in English) include: “Sentencing and Crime Policy for Sex Offenders in Japan- Possible Impacts of the Lay Judge System”, in Karen Harrison and Bernadette Rainey eds., The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sex Offender Treatment and Management(Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)pp.168-179, and “Lay Judge Decisions in Sex Crime Cases: The Most Controversial Area of Saiban-In Trials”, Yonsei Law Journal, Vol.3 No.1 (May 2012), pp.128-160.  (in Japanese) include: Criminal Procedure Class (Horitsu- Bunka Publication, forthcoming March 2013), Introduction to Criminal Procedure (Yachiyo Publication 2011), and Direction of Criminology: Challenge of Legal Criminology, 2nd Edition (Horitsu Bunka Press 2007).  She has been a vice chair of the Prison Visiting Committee (Ombudsman) of one of the four Private Initiative Prisons in Japan since 2007.

Stefan Machura
Stefan Machura is Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, Wales/UK. Previously, he was at the Law Faculty of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum/Germany. Since 2014, he is board member of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, International Sociological Association. From 2000 to 2008, Stefan Machura served as speaker of the Sociology of Law Section, German Sociological Association. Books include: Eugen Ehrlich‘s Sociology of Law (ed. with Knut Papendorf and Anne Hellum, 2014); Understanding Law in Society (ed. with Knut Papendorf and Kristian Andenæs, 2011); Ehrenamtliche Verwaltungsrichter (Lay Assessors in Administrative Courts, 2006); Staat im Wandel. Festschrift für Rüdiger Voigt (The Changing State. Festschrift R. Voigt, ed. with Ralf Walkenhaus et al., 2006); Politik und Verwaltung (Politics and Public Administration, 2005); Krieg im Film (War in Film, ed. with Rüdiger Voigt, 2005); Ehrenamtliche Richter in Südrussland (Lay Judges in South Russia, with Dmitrij Donskow and Olga Litvinova, 2003); Recht im Film (Law in Film, ed. with Stefan Ulbrich, 2002); Fairneß und Legitimität (Fairness and Legitimacy, 2001) and Law and Film (ed. with Peter Robson, 2001).

Destiny Peery
Destiny Peery, Assistant Professor at Northwestern Law School with a courtesy appointment in Psychology, has a JD and PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University. Prior to Northwestern, Peery was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke Law School. Peery's core research training and interests are at the intersection of identity (particularly race), stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, and law and policy. Using experimental methods common to social psychology, she studies how people perceive and categorize others, as well as the downstream consequences of those perceptions and categorizations, particularly in terms of their contributions to experiences of prejudice and inequality. She also integrates this basic social cognition work with questions of identity and prejudice in law. A recent paper, for example, addresses contemporary treatment (or lack thereof) of race in the law, with an emphasis on the ways that failures to define and openly discuss race where relevant do more harm than good, undermining the egalitarian goals that are supposed to support the colorblind ideal. Peery teaches seminars on Race and Social Science in the Law, as well as courses in Criminal Law and Civil Rights/Discrimination Law.

Aziz Rana
Aziz Rana is an Associate Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.  His research and teaching center on American constitutional law and political development, with a particular interest in the intersection of citizenship with topics in national security, race relations, and immigration.  His book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (2010) (paperback, 2014), was published by Harvard University Press and situates the American experience within the global history of colonialism, emphasizing how notions of republicanism and expansion have shaped U.S. law and politics since the founding.  His current book project explores the modern rise of constitutional veneration in the twentieth century—especially against the backdrop of the U.S.'s emergence as a global power—and how veneration has influenced the boundaries of popular politics. 

Jonathan Simon
Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A Kragen Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of law where is is part of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy doctoral program and is currently faculty director of the Center for the Study of Law & Society.  Professor Simon teaches courses in criminal law, criminology and interdisciplinary legal studies. Simon's scholarship concerns the role of crime and criminal justice in governing contemporary societies.  His past work includes two award winning monographs Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass (University of Chicago1993, winner of the American Sociological Association’s sociology of law book prize, 1994), and Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford University Press 2007, winner of the American Society of Criminology, Hindelang Award 2010).  His most recent books are The Sage Handbook of Punishment and Society (Sage 2013) (edited with Richard Sparks) and Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America (New Press 2014).   Simon has served as the editor-in-chief of the journal, Punishment and Society, and is a reviewer for numerous law and society and criminology journals.  He blogs at prawsblawg, governingthroughcrime, and you can follow him on twitter @jonathansimon59.

Roman Tomasic
Roman Tomasic holds degrees in law and in sociology (PhD University of New South Wales 1980; SJD University of Wisconsin-Madison 1985; LLB University of Sydney 1974; MA University of Sydney 1976). He is Professor of Law, School of Law, University of South Australia and Visiting Professor of Company Law, Durham University; Previously, he was Chair of Corporate Law at Durham Law School (2007-2012); Professor of Law, Victoria University (1999-2007); and Professor of Law, University of Canberra (1985-1999). He has been Chair of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (since 2012); and has served as President of the Corporate Law Teachers Association (Australia).  After empirical studies on the social structure of legal profession in Australia, he has undertaken empirical research into corporate law and governance; much of this has had a comparative dimension and has focused on China and East Asia as well as Australia and the UK.  He has followed the global financial crisis and was part of the major Leverhulme Trust funded tipping point project at Durham University which allowed him to look closely at the causes of the financial crisis.  He is currently looking at Chinese investment in Australian resources companies. He teaches courses on law and globalization, corporate law and insolvency.  His edited works include Insolvency Law in East Asia (Ashgate, 2006); Commercial Law in East Asia ( with Leon Wolff, Ashgate, 2014; Law and Society in East Asia (with C Antons, Ashgate, 2013); and he also edited  Neighborhood Justice (with Malcolm Feeley, Longman Inc 1985). His research monographs include Sociology of Law (Sage, 1985); Directing the Top 500 (with S Bottomley, Allen & Unwin, 1993); Insolvency Law & Practice in Asia (with P Little, FT Law & Tax, 1997) and Corporate Governance and Resource Security in China (with S Jia, Routledge, 2010).

Nicole Van Cleve
Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law.  She is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award and a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation. Van Cleve received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was a legal studies fellow.  Her current book project, tentatively entitled, Code of the Courts: Racialized Justice in a Colorblind Era is under contract with Stanford University Press and examines some of the classic questions about how our criminal courts function by engaging race as a central variable.  She shows how color-blind legal institutions reproduce racial bias, systematically, and under the guise of procedural justice.  Ultimately, her account reveals the courts as “the cultural engine” and crucial gateway for the racialization of criminal justice - where racism and discretion collide with dire effects to both the experience and appearance of justice. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Van Cleve served in The Office of the Chief of Staff at the White House during the Clinton Administration and subsequently worked for five years as a Consumer Brand Planner for Leo Burnett, USA.  She is the outgoing Research Director for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice - a policy/nonprofit organization that specialized in legal advocacy.  Van Cleve is the current co-chair of LSA’s Collaborative Research Network on Critical Research on Race and the Law.