Rosann Greenspan

  • Executive Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society
  • Tel: 510-642-7286 | Fax: 510-642-2951
  • 221 JSP, 2240 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:2150
Rosann Greenspan

Rosann Greenspan has been with the Center for the Study of Law and Society since 2000. She served as the acting assistant director of the center for one year before becoming the associate director. She was named executive director in 2005. Greenspan also is a lecturer with UC Berkeley’s Legal Studies Program.

Greenspan received her doctorate from Berkeley Law’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. She was the Post-Doctoral Fellow in Law and Politics at Stanford University from 1992 to 1993, and the following year she was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, serving at the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Prior to returning to Berkeley, she served as Research Director of the Police Foundation in Washington, DC from 1997 to 2000. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for research projects with funding from the National Institute of Justice and other federal agencies. She is a member of the Law and Society Association, the American Society of Criminology and the Western Society of Criminology. She received the Western Society of Criminology’s Fellows Award in 2014, and was appointed 2015 WSC Counselor at Large.

Greenspan edited (with Kay Levine) the 150-article Section on Law of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2d edition (Elsevier, 2015). Her dissertation was published in the Quid Pro Classic Dissertation Series in 2014 as The Transformation of Criminal Due Process in the Administrative State, with a new Foreword by Malcolm Feeley. Other recent publications (some with co-authors) include “Changing Everything So that Everything Can Remain the Same: Compstat and American Policing” in Police Innovation: Contrasting Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2006); “Matthews v. Eldridge,” in David Schultz (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court (2005);”The Richmond/Police Foundation Domestic Violence Partnership” (2003); “Compstat and Organizational Change: A National Assessment” (2003); “The Abuse of Police Authority: A National Study of Issues and Attitudes” (2001); and “Police Attitudes Toward Abuse of Authority: Findings from a National Survey,” which appeared as a National Institute of Justice Research in Brief (2000).


B.A., Yale University (1971)
M.A., University of Toronto (1973)
M.A., UC Berkeley (1984)
Ph.D., UC Berkeley (1991)