Our Graduates

Nothing better represents the unique qualities of the JSP program than its graduates.

The first Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy was awarded in 1984. Since then, a steady stream of JSP students have completed theses and moved into top academic and research jobs. JSP’s proven excellence in graduate training is amply displayed in the distinguished careers of its graduates.

Alumni members of the JSP community now comprise a significant and truly international community of teachers and researchers who have helped shape current directions in law and society studies. Their publications have garnered prestigious awards, and they occupy important academic and professional positions.


Most graduates of the JSP Program embark on academic careers. But there is an unusual variety of institutional settings where JSP graduates obtain their appointments. JSP alumni have been hired to teach in traditional departments (Political Science, Sociology, History, Criminology); in professional schools (Law, Management); and in many different interdisciplinary programs (Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, Womens Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies). JSP graduates currently teach at leading universities in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. In the U.S., graduates have been appointed to the faculties of small liberal arts colleges (Bryn Mawr College, Bard College); large research universities (Harvard University, Duke University, University of Southern California, Emory University); private schools (Amherst College, University of Denver, University of Pennsylvania), and many public institutions (University of Michigan, University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire, University of Wisconsin, U.C. Irvine, U.C. Santa Barbara, and U.C. Berkeley).

Completed Dissertations

JSP dissertations, taken collectively, constitute an important contribution to the social and philosophical study of law, and encompass an impressive array of subject-matters and methodologies. Our distinguished alumni are listed here with the title of their dissertations.

Alumni, listed by last name

Takeshi Akiba, Ph.D., Associate Professor
School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University   
The Evolution of State and Federal Citizenship in the United States

Catherine Albiston, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law and Sociology
Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program, University of California, Berkeley
The Institutional Context of Civil Rights: Mobilizing the Family and Medical Leave Act in the Courts and in the Workplace

Mark Antaki, LL.B., B.C.L., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
A Genealogy of Crimes Against Humanity

Sarah Armstrong, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
University of Glasgow, Scotland
Privatization and Deinstitutionalization: Revising the Massachusetts Experiment

Ross Astoria, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Political Science and Law, University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Judging the Decalogue: The Ten Commandments and the Establishment Clause

Hadar Aviram, LL.B., M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Law
University of California, Hastings College of Law
Managing Disobedience as Crime: Legal and Extra-Legal Discourse in Addressing Unauthorized Absences and Conscientious Objection in Military Service in Israel 

Adam Badawi, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
Berkeley Law
Essays on Legal and Extra-Legal Ordering

Charles Barber, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Director
Forest Legality Initiative & Senior Biodiversity Advisor, World Resources Institute
The State, the Environment, and Development: The Genesis and Transformation of Social Forestry Policy in New Order Indonesia

Carl J. Bauer, M.A., M.S., Ph.D., Professor
School of Geography and Development. Faculty Associate, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy,  University of Arizona
Against the Current? Privatization, Markets, and the State in Water Rights: Chile, 1979-1993

Roger Berkowitz, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
Political Science and Human Rights and Academic Director, Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities, Bard College
The Gift of Legislation

Martha Blomquist, M.A., Ph.D., Model Court Liaison
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, University of Nevada, Reno 
Politics, Corrections, and Juvenile Justice: Changing Correctional Ideology, Institutional Organization, and Release Policy of California’s Youth Correctional System 1968-1988

Brian Broughman, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
School of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
Opportunistic Conduct and Governance Structure in Startup Firms

Bradley Bryan, LL.B., M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Political Science, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Code Dependency: Biotechnology and the Embrace of Biopolitics

John Burroughs, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Analyst
Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy 
International Law and American Foreign Policy

Lloyd Burton, M.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
School of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado
American Indian Water Rights and Western Regional Planning

Lyndsay Campbell, LL.B., LL.M., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Dean – Res & Graduate Prg Director
School of Law, University of Calgary, Canada
Truths and Consequences: The Legal and Extralegal Regulation of Expression in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, 1820-1840

S. Davis Carniglia, M.A., J.D., PhD.
C.P.A. (Retired)
Retired CFO and General Counsel
Prologis, Inc. (formerly AMB Property Corporation)
Law, Politics and Markets of Corporate Governance: Institutional Investors’ Influence

Christopher J.Carr, J.D. Ph.D., Partner
Paul Hastings LLP
The Legal Status of Highly Migratory Species, 1970-2000: A Case Study of Debate and Innovation in International Fisheries Law

Ming Hsu Chen, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Political Science & School of Law, University of Colorado
Regulatory Rights: Civil Rights Agencies Translating “National Origin Discrimination” into Language Rights, 1965-1979

Steven Alan Childress, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Conrad Meyer III Professor of Civil Procedure
School of Law, Tulane University
Appeal and Error in First Amendment Adjudication

Lynette Chua, LL.B., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor
School of Law, National University of Singapore
How Does Law Matter in Social Movements? A Case Study of Gay Activism Singapore

Marianne Constable, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
The Jury de Medietate Linguae: Changing Conceptions of Law and Citizenship

Pamela Coukos, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Co-founder and CEO
Working Ideal
Hostile Environment? The Development of Sexual Harassment Law in the United States 1971-1991

Javier Couso, LL.B., J.D., Ph.D., Professor
School of Law, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile
The Politics of Judicial Control of the Constitution in Latin America: The Chilean Case in Comparative Perspective

Rebecca Curry, J.D., Ph.D., Colorado Policy Advocate
Earth Justice

Jennifer Denbow, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Political Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Reproducing Autonomy

David DePianto, J.D., Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Happiness in Law and Policy: Two Empirical Studies

Alison Dundes-Renteln, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor
Political Science, Anthropology, and School of Policy, Planning & Development
University of Southern California
A Conceptual Analysis of International Human Rights: Universalism versus Relativism

Paul Stringham Edwards, J.D., Ph.D., Director
Jack and Mary Lois Wheatly Institution
Brigham Young University
Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy in Silicon Valley

Jeremy N. Elkins, M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Political Science, Bryn Mawr College
Law, Political Science and Democratic Theory

Eric Feldman, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law, Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Deputy Dean for International Programs
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Rights in Japan: Customs, Concepts and Conflicts

Yuval Feldman, LL.B., Ph.D., Professor
Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Confident Know-How Sharing and Trade Secrets Laws: Studying the Interaction Between Legality, Social Norms and Justice Among High Tech Employees in Silicon Valley

Jill Sari Frank, LL.B., B.C.L., M.A., C.Phil., Ph.D., Professor
Government, Cornell University
Identity and Difference in Aristotle’s Treatment of Property

William T. Gallagher, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor, Faculty Chair, Director, IP Law Program & IP Law Center
School of Law, Golden Gate University
Controlling Professions: The “Crisis” of Professional Self-Regulation in the California Bar

Jacqueline Gehring, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Political Science, Allegheny College
Race, Law and Politics in the European Union

Michael D. Gilbert, J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Public Law and Political Economy
School of Law, University of Virginia
Law, Politics, and Preferences: An Economic Analysis of Direct Democracy and the Single Subject Rule

Brian P. Gill, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow
Mathematica Policy Research
The Jurisprudence of Good Parenting: The Selection of Adoptive Parents 1894-1964

Stephen Gillespie, J.D., Ph.D., Partner
Fenwick & West, LLP
The Transformation of American Public Law: Promotion and Regulation in California, 1950-1990

Tom Ginsburg, J.D., Ph.D, Professor of Law and Political Science
University of Chicago Law School
Growing Constitutions: Judicial Review in New Democracies

Jeffrey Goldsworthy, LL.B., LL.M., M.A., LL.D., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor 
Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia
Moral Skepticism and Legal Reasoning

Rosann Greenspan, M.A., M.A., Ph.D., Member of the Canadian Studies Program and Former Executive Director of Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley
The Transformation of Criminal Due Process in the Administrative State: The Targeted Urban Crime Narcotics Task Force

Kaaryn Gustafson, J.D., Ph.D., Professor, Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race, and Associate Dean of Academic Community Engagement
School of Law, UC Irvine
The Morality and Rationality of Welfare 

Eric Haiman, J.D., Ph.D., Practicing Attorney
Atwood & Associates
Jurisprudence and Adjudication in the Civil Restraint of the Mentally Ill

Linda Helyar (Meyer), J.D., Ph.D., Professor
School of Law, Quinnipiac University
Grace and Justice

Robert Hennig, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Practicing Attorney
The Law Offices of Rob Hennig
Between the Margins: Party Politics and Committee Power in Conference Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives

Mark Howenstein, M.A., M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor
Law and Society, Ramapo College of New Jersey
The Moral Limits of Legal Obligation: Contrasting Conceptions of Civil Disobedience From Freedom to Necessity

Alexandra Huneeus, J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Global Legal Studies Center
University of Wisconsin Law School
The Dynamics of Judicial Stasis: Judges, Pinochet-Era Claims, and Judicial Legitimacy in Chile (1998-2005)

Christopher Jewell, J.D., Ph.D., UX Researcher
Responding to Need in the “Three Worlds of Social Welfare”: Welfare State Traditions and social Service Organizations Impact the Role Caseworkers Play in Shaping Welfare policy in the United States, Germany and Sweden

David Ted Johnson, M.A., Ph.D., Professor
Sociology, University of Hawaii, Manoa
The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan

Sam Kamin, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
School of Law, University of Denver
Director, Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program
Law, Politics, and Death: The Death Penalty Decisions of the California Supreme Courts

Anna Kirkland, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)
Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Personhood and Identity in American Law

Idit Kostiner, Ph.D., Attorney
Evaluating Legality: Activists’ Understandings of the Role of Law in Social Change

Kenneth Kress, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Retired Professor
School of Law, University of Iowa
Legal Theory and Political Legitimacy: Positivism, Dworkin’s Rights Thesis, and Critical Legal Studies

Daniel Krislov, J.D., Ph.D., Attorney
The Law Office of Peggy L. Small, PLLC
Interest Groups and the Formation of Federal Crime Policy: The Origins and Funding of the 1994 Federal Crime Bill 

Stephen Rogers Latham, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
Political Science and Management, Yale University
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Emerson in the Workplace: A Theory of Professionalism from the Inside Out

Tamara Lave, M.A. J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Litigation Skills Program
University of Miami, School of Law
Constructing and Controlling the Sexually Violent Predator: An American Obsession

Shai Lavi, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty of Law and Director, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Tel Aviv University
The Modern Art of Dying: The History of Euthanasia In the United States

Barbara Leibhardt, J.D., Ph.D.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Division 5, Chicago
Law, Environment, and Social Change in the Columbia River Basin: The Yakima Indian Nation as a Case Study, 1840-1933

Richard Leo, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law and Psychology
School of Law, University of San Francisco
Police Interrogation: A Sociological Study of Violence, Civility, and Social Change in America

Chrysanthi Settlage Leon, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware
Compulsion and Control: Sex Crime and Criminal Justice Policy in California, 1930-2007

Charles Lester, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Ocean and Coastal Policy Center in the Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara
The Search for Dialog in the Administrative State: The Politics, Policy and Law of Offshore Oil Development

Kay Levine, M.A., J.D., PhD., Professor
School of Law, Emory University
Prosecution, Politics and Pregnancy: Enforcing Statutory Rape in California

Ann Lucas, J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair (deceased)
Justice Studies, San Jose State University
The Dis(-)ease of Being a Woman: Rethinking Prostitution and Subordination

Candace McCoy, J.D., Ph.D., Professor
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Plea Bargaining and Proposition Politics: Criminal Court Reform in Four California Counties

Shahla Maghzi-Ali, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
International Arbitration and Mediation in East Asia: Examining the Role of Domestic Legal Cultures and Globalization on Shaping East Asian Arbitration

Mark Massoud, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, Legal Studies Program
Politics and Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Who Rules the Law? How Government, Civil Society, and Aid Agencies Manipulate Law in Sudan

Timothy Meyer, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director, International Legal Studies Program
Vanderbilt Law School
The Evolution of International Law

Ariel Meyerstein, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Sustainability & ESG
On the Effectiveness of Global Corporate Self-Regulation and the Power of Reputation: The Implementation of the Equator Principles By Multinational Banks

Noga Morag-Levine, LL.B., M.A., Ph.D., Professor
College of Law, Michigan State University
Chasing the Wind: Reactive Law, Environmental Equity and Localized Air Pollution Regulation

Bronwen Morgan, LL.B., Ph.D., Professor
Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia
Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition: The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification in Australia

Hamsa Murthy, J.D., Ph.D., Attorney
Office of the Attorney General, San Francisco
Justice and the Foreigner: Illegal Alienage and the Dilemmas of Law and Government in Modern America

Melanie Myers, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Practicing Attorney
Culpability and Consequences: A Study of Felony Murder

David Neal, LL.B., LL.M., M.A., Ph.D., Barrister
Consultant, Federal Attorney-General’s Department, Australia
The Role of Law in a Penal Colony: Law and Politics in New South Wales 1788-1840

Laura Beth Nielsen, J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Sociology
Sociology and Legal Studies, Northwestern University
License to Harass: Offensive Public Speech, Legal Consciousness, and Hierarchies of Race, Gender and Class

Julian Nyarko, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Stanford Law School

Genevieve Painter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies, Concordia University

John Sung Woo Park, M.P.P., Ph.D., Professor & Chair
Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Legislation Unworthy of a Brave and Manly People: Membership and Belonging In Liberal Political Theory and American Public Law

Susan Poser, J.D., Ph.D., Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Illinois, Chicago
Rights, Remedies, and Organizational Change: A Theory for Social Desegregation

Kevin Patrick Quinn, S.J., J.D., Ph.D., President & Professor
University of Scranton
Allocating Medicine and the Common Good: In Search of a Public Philosophy for American Health Care 

Asad Rahim, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Berkeley Law

Richard Rahm, M.Litt., M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Shareholder
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Retribution and Modernism: Towards a Moral Theory of Punishment

Joseph Rees, M.A., Ph.D., Executive Committee Chair, Associate Professor, and Program Coordinator
Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech
Reforming the Workplace: A Study of Self-Regulation in Occupational Safety

Marcia Rioux, M.A., Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor 
Faculty of Health, York University, Canada
The Equality-Disability Nexus: The History and Law of Mental Handicap in Canada

Alexander Rosas, J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Dean, Pauli Murray College
Political Science, Yale College
Diversification of the Republic: Cultural Diversity in Contemporary France

Brad Roth, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., Professor of Law and Political Science
School of Law, Wayne State University
Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law: An Emerging Norm in Theoretical Perspective

Jamie Rowen, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Center for Justice, Law, and Societies
Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ashley Rubin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Sociology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Dorit Rubinstein (Reiss), LL.B., Ph.D., Professor
University of California, Hastings College of Law
Regulatory Accountability: Telecommunications and Electricity Agencies in the UK, France and Sweden

Pablo Rueda, M.A., Ph.D., Director
Directorate of Prior Consultation, Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Colombia
Indigenous Cosmopolitans: The Political Economy of Oil and the Mobilization of Columbia’s Uwa Indigenous People

Stephen Rushin, J.D., Ph.D., Judge Hubert Louis Will Professor of Law
Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law

Lawrence Ruth, M.A., Ph.D., Principal and Chief Research Analyst
Lawrence Ruth & Associates
Responsiveness and Responsibility: Planning and Administration Under the National Forest Management Act of 1976

Victoria Saker Woeste, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor
American Bar Foundation
Benevolent Monopoly: The Legal Transformation of Agricultural Cooperation, 1890-1943

Lucy Salyer, M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor
History, University of New Hampshire
Guarding the “White Man’s Frontier”: Courts, Politics, and the Regulation of Immigration, 1891-1924

Shalini Satkunanandan, LL.B., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Political Science, University of California, Davis
The Turn: Plato, Kant, and Heidegger on the Encounter with the Ground of Obligation

Donna Schuele, J.D.,Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Pre-Law Advisor
Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles
A Robbery to the Wife: Culture, Gender and Marital Property in Cailfornia Law And Politics, 1850-1980

Karl Shoemaker, J.D, Ph.D., Associate Professor
History and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sanctuary Law: Changing Conceptions of Wrongdoing and Punishment

Neil Siegel, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the DC Summer Institute on Law and Policy
Law and Political Science, Duke University
Intransitivites Protect Minorities: Interpreting Madison’s Theory of the Extended Republic

Jonathan Simon, J.D., Ph.D., Professor 
Berkeley Law
From Discipline to Management: Strategies of Control in Parole Supervision

John Sither, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Attorney
Environmental Enforcement Section
Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Form, Substance, and History in Max Weber’s Sociology of Law

Amy Steigerwalt, M.A., Ph.D., Professor
Political Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Director, Graduate Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta

Susan Sterett, M.A., Ph.D., Professor
Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Judging the Administrative State: British Courts, 1946-1984

Shauhin Talesh, M.A., LL.M., J.D., Ph.D., Professor
School of Law, University of California, Irvine
Manufacturing consumer Protection Law: The Private Construction of Public Legal Rights

Robert Tennyson, J.D., Ph.D., Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice
Private Legislation: Function and Procedure in the Eighteenth Century

Amy Toro, J.D., Ph.D., Partner
Covington & Burling LLP
Standing Up for Listeners’ Rights: A History of Public Participation at the Federal Communications Commission

Jack Tweedie, J.D., Ph.D., Director
Children and Families Program, National Conference of State Legislators
Rights of One, Consequences for All: The Dilemma of Rights in Social Programs

Vasanthi Venkatesh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law

Cristian Villalonga, LL.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Law
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Nancy Weston, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Continuing Lecturer
Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
The Law of Accidents: Tort Theory and the Metaphysics of Will

Josh Wilson, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
Political Science, University of Denver
When Rights Collide: Abortion, Protest and the First Amendment

Laurence Wiseman, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Vice President and General Counsel
Brix, IDT Europe
Alexander Bickel and the Idea of Prudence: Value Choices in Modern Constitutional Theory

George Wright, M.A., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Human Behavior, University of Wisconsin – Superior
The Protestant Hobbes 

Maureen Young, M.A., J.D., Ph.D., Senior Regulatory Counsel and Senior Vice President
Union Bank of California
Why Regulatory Reform Fails: A Study of the U.S. Banking System

Nicholas Gonzalez Yuen, J.D., Ph.D., Instructor and Department Chair
Political Science, De Anza College
Trustee, Board of Trustees, Peralta Community College District
Lives of Resistance, Communities of Support: Microstructural Processes in the Recruitment and Retention of High Cost and High Risk Political Activists in the War Tax Resistance Movement