JSP Student Profile

Aaron C. Smyth


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

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Aaron C. Smyth is a PhD candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His research, broadly, explores questions at the intersection of organizational behavior and legal compliance. His dissertation examines how complex or ambiguous compliance mandates are enacted within organizations when stakeholders have competing professional interests, with a specific focus on information privacy enforcement. He is affiliated with Berkeley Law's Center for the Study of Law & Society, and is the co-founder of the Law & Society Association's collaborative research network on technology, law & society.


BA, Northwestern University (2010)


Sociology of Law
Law and Organizations
Law and Technology
Privacy Profession
Information Privacy Law
Organizational Behavior
Employment Discrimination and Diversity


Regents Intern Fellowship for Graduate Study, UC Berkeley (2011-2013)

Academic Experiences:

Graduate Student Instructor for Prof. Lauren Edelman - Legal Studies 184: Sociology of Law (Fall 2012)
Research Assistant to Prof. Lauren Edelman (Spring 2012 - present)
Project Manager for Prof. Rebecca L. Sandefur - Pursuing Law's Promise: Researching Access to Justice in 21st Century American at the American Bar Foundation (Fall 2010 - Summer 2011)
Research Assistant to Prof. Laura Beth Nielsen, American Bar Foundation (Spring 2010 - Summer 2011)