Hillary Berk is a Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California Berkeley. She studies the sociology of law and gender, with an emphasis on reproductive technology. Her research examines the role of law in managing emotions in the context of surrogacy agreements, and its larger impacts on social institutions like family and work. She came to Berkeley having created and taught seven courses for the Law and Society Program at UC Santa Barbara, including Gender and the Law; Law, Science and Technology; Conflict Resolution; Jurisprudence; and Lawyers and the Legal Profession, and currently teaches for the Legal Studies department at UC Berkeley. She holds a J.D. and Natural Resources Law certification, in addition to her professional experience as a mediator, attorney, and family law policy analyst.
Sarah Cowan is a candidate in Sociology and Demography at UC Berkeley. Her work marries the best of both disciplines: theoretically driven work with a focus on clean research design and data. She explores the relationship between knowledge, demographic processes and political attitudes. Her work draws upon many different literatures; employing quantitative methods on large-scale datasets from surveys to vital records. Her work so far has focused on the United States, and has been featured in the New York Times and CNN.com.
Her undergraduate degree is from Yale University where in Ethics, Politics and Economics. In the workshop she is focused on this project:
Keeping Secrets: How Secret-Keeping Masks Diversity and Affects Knowledge of the Social World
Rebecca Rausch is a Teaching Fellow at Seattle University School of Law where she teaches in the areas of health law and civil procedure. Her scholarship centers on the nature of health care quality and access for certain identity-based groups, focusing on identities related to gender and the body, approached through lenses developed in feminist and queer legal theory.
Her recent article, "Reframing Roe: Property over Privacy," appears in the Winter 2012 edition of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, and her forthcoming piece, entitled "Health Cover(age)ing," will be published in the Nebraska Law Review. Her work in progress, "Feminism and Obamacare," xplores feminist issues and activism in the context of the Affordable Care Act. The piece focuses on legislative assignments of health responsibility to the individual or communal society, examined in light of various ethics of care, and proposes a democratic ethic of careas a theoretical framework within which to more effectively advocate for feminist health policies. Becca received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of law.