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John Bliss

Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: jwb@berkeley.edu


JD 2010, UC Berkeley School of Law
BA 2004, Anthropology, Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington


Sociology of Law
Higher Education
The Legal Profession
Social Change
Legal Consciousness
Chinese Law and Society
Qualitative Methods
Social Psychology
Racial Residential Segregation


Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award 2014
Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Fellowship 2014
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Fellowship 2013–2014
UC Berkeley Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship 2012–2013
UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant 2012, 2013
Selznick Fellowship 2009–2010
Bonderman Independent Travel Fellowship 2003–2004
May Gates Leadership Fellowship 2002–2003
Evans Scholarship 2000–2004

Academic Experiences:

Sociology of Law 2014
Introduction to Legal Studies 2013
Chinese Law and Society 2012, 2013
Law, Self, and Society 2010, 2011
Theories of Law and Society 2011
Introduction to Quantitative Methods 2010

Law and Public Policy, Mills College 2013

Syracuse University
Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research 2014
Alameda County Department of Public Health, Researcher 2009 – 2011
Berkeley Law, Professor Jonathan Simon, Research Assistant 2010 – 2011
Berkeley Law, Professor Jeff Selbin, Research Assistant 2009 – 2010

Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. University of Virginia. 2014
“Alienation from Law: Resistance to Legal Consciousness among Law Students”
Law and Society Association. Minneapolis, MN. 2014
“Divided Selves: A Qualitative Study of Law School Socialization.”
American Sociological Association. San Francisco, CA. 2014
“Role Distancing and Professional Identity in the Legal Profession”
ClassCrits VII, UC Davis School of Law. 2014
“Privilege, Identity, and Public Interest Drift”
Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. Syracuse University. 2014
"Drift and Choice: Comparing 'Public-Interest Drift' in Lower-Tier and
Upper-Tier Law Schools."
Invited lecture in Law and Public Policy. Mills College, Oakland, CA. 2013
"Residential Segregation and Public Health Inequalities."

Employment Experiences:

Alameda County Department of Public Health, Researcher 2009 – 2012
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Legal Intern, Asylum Practice 2007-2009
Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center, Legal Intern 2007-2008
East Bay Community Law Center, Legal Intern, Health and Immigration Unit 2008

Dissertation Abstract:

Divided Selves: A Qualitative Study of Law School Socialization