Malcolm Feeley

  • Claire Sanders Clements Dean's Professor of Law, Emeritus
  • Tel: 510-642-7976 | Fax: 510-642-2951
  • 226 JSP, 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:2150
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Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 1984, Malcolm Feeley was a fellow at Yale Law School and taught at New York University and the University of Wisconsin. He served as the director of the campus Center for the Study of Law and Society from 1987 to 1992. He has also been a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Kobe University, and Princeton University.

Feeley has written or edited over a dozen books, and has authored several dozen articles in social science journals and law reviews. Among his books are The Process is the Punishment (1992), which received the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award and the American Sociology Association’s Citation of Merit, Court Reform on Trial (1989), which received the ABA’s Certificate of Merit, and The Policy Dilemma (1981), Criminal Justice (with John Kaplan and Jerome Skolnick, 1991), Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State (with with Edward Rubin, 1998), Federlism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (with Edward Rubin, 2008), and Fighting for Political Liberalism: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex (with Terrence Halliday and Lucien Karpik, 2008). . His most recent articles examine issues of federalism, women and crime in the eighteenth century, prison privatization, and the role of bench and bar in fostering political liberalism.

Feeley has received research fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, National Institute of Justice, National Science Foundation, American Bar Foundation and the Twentieth Century Fund. During 1993-94 he was a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, and during 2001-02, he was a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences in Stanford. During Academic year 2008-09, he was a Fellow in the Law and Public Affairs Program and Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. He has also served as the director of the the campus Center for the Study of Law and Society from 1987 to 1992, and was the Director of the UC Study Center at Hebrew University from 1992 to 1994.


B.A., Austin College (1964)
M.A., University of Minnesota (1966)
Ph.D., University of Minnesota (1969)