Past BELS Fellows


Ilya Akdemir,  

“Predicting Outcome of Certiorari Petitions: A Text Classification Approach”


Matthew Cannon,   Jurisprudence and Social Policy

“Inventing Protest: Activism by American Inventor Groups”


Michel Estefan,   Sociology

“The Authoritarian Foundations of the Rule of Law: Autonomy and Organizational Capacity in the Judicial Systems of Mexico and Spain”


Isabel Garcia Valdivia,   Sociology

“The Effects of Legal Status on Older Mexican Migrants in the U.S. and Mexico”


Ivy Hammond,   School of Social Welfare

“Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: The Impact of Safe Harbor Policy”


Kira Jeter,   School of Public Health

“Returning Home, Returning to Reality: Recovery Oriented Services for Formerly Incarcerated Black Women”


Brian Klein,   Environmental Science, Policy and Management

“Order and the Underground: Governing the Goldfields of Madagascar”


Benjamin Krause,   Agricultural and Resource Economics

“Taxation Toward Representation: Public Goods, Social Norms, and Democratic Accountability”


Eunice Lee,   Anthropology

“Refugee Policy, Local Citizenship, and “Sanctuary” in San Francisco”


David Showalter,   Sociology

“Formal and Informal Social Control in a Remote California Town”


Pauline White Meeusen,   Jurisprudence and Social Policy

“Somos Un Pueblo Sin Fronteras: Legal and Oppositional Consciousness Among Actors in the Central American Refugee Movement”


Maximilien Zahnd,   Law/JSD

“Space, Indigeneity, and the Early Implementation of the 1919 Alaska School Tax”



Alexander Barnard, Sociology
“Coerce to Conserve: Constructing the Continuum of Constraint for the Severely Mentally Ill in California”

Gabriel Beringer, JSP
“Fettered Freedoms: Race, Agrarian Capitalism, and the Lost Promises of Radical Reconstruction”

Martin Eiermann, Sociology
“The Genesis of a ‘Right to Privacy’: Codification and Genealogy in American Jurisprudence”

Katherine Hood, Sociology
“Pleading for Care: Adversarial Legalism and the Allocation of Drug Treatment in California’s Criminal Courts”

Kristine Kay, Political Science
“The Consequences of a Census Citizenship Question for Latino Identification”

Elena Kempf, History
“Unnecessary Cruelty: Weapons Prohibitions and the Law of Armed Conflict, 1868-Present”

Rhea Myerscough, Political Science
“Risk, Race, and the Politics of Fringe Credit Regulation”

Deepak Premkumar, Agricultural & Resource Economics
“The Ferguson Effect: Do High-Profile Fatal Encounters with Police Lead to Reductions in Arresting Intensity?”

Alexander Roehrkasse, Sociology
“States of Disunion: American Marriage and Divorce, 1867–1906”

Abigail Stepnitz, JSP
“Narrating from the Bottom: A Comparative Analysis of the Construction and Assessment of Credibility in Asylum Claims in the UK and the USA”

Jay Varellas, Political Science
“State Courts, Corporate Power and Economic Inequality: A Comparative Study of Injury Litigation in Mid-Sized U.S. Cities”

Joseph Warren, Political Science
“Social Foundations of the Rule of Law”



Chase Burton    JSP
Republican Monsters: Criminology and Gothic Culture in the United States, 1780-1934

Jaclyn Chambers   Social Welfare
Assessing the Impact of Juvenile Justice Fee Reform

Anthony Gregory   History
New Deal War on Crime: Building Security State Liberalism

Christopher Herring   Sociology
Pervasive Penality: The Criminalization of Homelessness in San Francisco

Jae Yeon Kim    Political Science
Benevolent Racialization: How U.S. Government Policies Have Shaped the Growth of Panethnic Advocacy and Service Organizations among Asian and Latino Groups since the 1960s

Mark Leinauer   JSP   
Exploring Judicial Bias against Lesbian and Gay Male Parents in Adoption and Custody Proceedings

Andrew McCall    Political Science   
Reshaping the Shield: Specialized Police Units and Racial Disparity in Policing

Gil Rothschild Elyassi   JSP  
Decarcerated Penality: Probation and Demeanor Management in the Face of Legal Estrangement

Kristin Sangren   Anthropology
Conceptions of Law, Justice, and Social Morality in a Chinese City

Caleb Scoville    Sociology   
Resuscitating Nature: Science, Law, and the Morality of Endangered Species Conservation in California

Elaine Sedenberg   School of Information     
Study of Private Sector Research and Data Sharing Practices

Desiree Valadares   Environmental Design – Architecture  
Remembering in the Absence of Memory: North American Truth Commissions and their Commemorative Policy Directives


The 2016 – 2017 BELS Graduate Fellows

Amanda Charbonneau,    Public Policy
“The Psychology and Law of Criminal Suspicion”

Ben Chen,   JSP
“Does CBA (Cost Benefit Analysis) Shape Preferences?”

Sujin Eom,   Architecture
“Chinatown Urbanism: Architecture, Migrancy, and Modernity in the Asia Pacific”

Jieun Kim,   Political Science
“Why Ambiguous Guidelines? Evidence from China’s 12th Five-Year Plan”

Alan Kluegel,    JSP
“Networking among the Human Capitalists: Change and Contestation in the Attorney Networks of the Large Law Firm”

Johann Koehler,  JSP   
“The Limits of the Medical Model in Research on Crime and Justice”

Renee Mack,    Social Welfare
“The Hotel California: Understanding Therapeutic Capacity at the Last Intersection of the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Systems”
Katherine Maich,   Sociology
“Domesticating Democracy: Household Workers, Legislation, and Labor Rights at Home in New York and Lima”

Lindsay Parham,   JSP
“The Context of Choice: A Neo-institutional Vision of Prenatal Bioethics”

Shaina Potts,    Geography   
“Sovereignty Refashioned: Law, Territory and Financial Space”

Jason Poulos,  Political Science  
“Amnesty and Loyalty in the Postbellum South”

MariaFátima Santos,   Sociology  
“Brazilian Carceral Reform: Securing the Rule of Law in Latin America?”


The 2015-16 BELS Graduate Fellows

Tria Andrews    Ethnic Studies
Education and Incarceration for Lakota Youth on the Rosebud Reservation, 1886-Present

Mina Barahimi   JSP
The Law of ‘Voluntary’ Departure and the Hidden Terrain of Immigrant Control in the US-Mexico Borderlands

Carlos Bustamante   Sociology
Restricted Play: Resilience and Resistance in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods in Oakland, CA, Lima, Peru, and Stockholm, Sweden

Louise Nelson Dyble   Law/JD
Toxic City: Local Corruption and Environmental Justice in Chicago

Laurel Eckhouse    Political Science
Police and the Citizen-State Relationship: Accountability, Democratic Control, and Equal Access to Law in the United States

Kathryn “Katie”  Heard   JSP   
The Power of Reason and the Promise of Religious Freedom in Late Secular Liberalism

Sunmin Kim    Sociology   
Forging the Racial Order:  Politics of Ethnicity in the Dillingham Commission Report (1911)

Jean-Michel Landry   Anthropology  
Disciplining the Law: Practices of Shi’i Islamic Law in Contemporary Lebanon

Joy Milligan   JSP
The Fragmented Integration State: Federal Agencies and Civil Rights, 1964-1980

Antonia Rivas    Anthropology   
Returning to Traditional “Ancestral” Law in Rapa Nui (Easter Island): Authenticity, Resistance and Sovereignty

Jason Rozumalski   History     
Lords of All They Survey:  Measure, Mobility, and the Rule of Law in Early Modern England

William Welsh   Sociology  
The New Enemy:  Punishment and The Political in Post-Mao China


The 2014-15 BELS Graduate Fellows

John Bliss    JSP
The Divided Self: A Qualitative Study of Law School Socialization

Gabrielle Goldstein    Public Health
Measuring Legal Risk Perception and Defensive Review: Survey of Institutional Review Board Members in the US

Alexandra Havrylyshyn    JSP
Contesting the Status of Slavery in Early Canada

Hannah Lacqueur    JSP
Constructing and Testing Theories of Personal Crime Rates

Robert Lee    History
Louisiana Purchases: The US-Indian Treaty System in the Missouri River Valley, 1804-1851

Matty Lichtenstein    Sociology
Contested Identities, Contested Rights: Education, Religion, and the Politics of Governance

Daniel Mattingly    Political Science
Did Democratic Reforms Weaken the Rule of Law and Property Security in Rural China?

Kelsey Mayo    JSP
Law and Institutional Competition in Charter School Authorization

Eugene McCarthy   Rhetoric
The Corporate Person: Actor Network Theory and Corporate Law

Katherine Michel    Political Science
Between Regimes: Constitutional Design in Transitional Groups

The 2013-14 BELS Graduate Fellows

Jason Ferguson   Sociology
Regulating Sex: Mapping the Space of Laws in the Global Field of Power

Adam Hill   Jurisprudence and Social Policy
The Microfoundations of Administrative Accountability: Information, Norms, and Enforcement

Mary Hoopes   Jurisprudence and Social Policy
The Role of Organizations in the Emergence and Diffusion of Recent State Laws Regulating Immigration

Ryan Hubert   Political Science
“Taking Law Seriously”: Statistical Text Analysis as a Way to Understand Judicial Behavior

Daniel Kluttz   Sociology
Fracking and Fields: A Comparative Analysis of Fields in Times of Major Social Disruption

Nicole Lindahl   Jurisprudence and Social Policy
Emotion Work on San Quentin’s Mainline

Peggy O’Donnell   History
Where the Bodies are Buried: Forensic Experts and Human Rights Violations from the Katyn Forest to The Hague

Janna Rezaee   Political Science
Presidential Review and Agency Rulemaking

Alisa Sanchez   Rhetoric
The Preoccupation with Modernity in Columbia’s Abortion Laws, 1936-2006

Jacob Wegmann   City and Regional Planning
“We Just Went Ahead and Built It”: Informality and the Housing Market in Southeast Los Angeles County

The 2012-13 BELS Graduate Fellows

Hillary Berk JSP
Contracts, Surrogacy, and Emotional Labor: How Law Matters When Managing Relationships

Jennifer Carlson Sociology
Prerogative Politics: Guns, Crime and the Problem of Policing

Veena Dubal JSP
Driving Broke: Taxis, Activism, and Transnational Politics in San Francisco

Bryn King Social Welfare
From Protection to Rejection: Race, Gender, and Experiences in Child Welfare as Risk Factors for Juvenile Justice Involvement

Margo Mahan Sociology
Victimized Victimizers?: Male Batterers and the State that Disciplines Them

Genevieve Painter JSP
Aboriginal Women’s Rights versus Self-governance in Canada: Rights as Ways of Knowing

Giuliana Perrone History
Unfinished Freedom: Slavery & Citizenship in Post-Emancipation Southern Courts, 1865-1896

Suzanne Scoggins Political Science
Policing China: Effective Policing Practices and Bureaucratic Fragmentation in the P.R.C.

Tamera Stover Sociology
Belonging and Boundaries: Immigrant Responses to Immigration Law and Institutions

Asrat Tesfayesus Economics
One Explanation for the Doha Round Stagnation


The 2011-2012 Bels Graduate Fellows

Jason Anastasopoulos   Political Science
Crime and Punishment? An Experimental Study on Ethnicity and Punitiveness        

Kevin Escudero    Ethnic Studies
Towards a Social Movement Approach: The Role of Law and Youth Political Activism in the Undocumented Student Movement

Trevor Gardner    Sociology
The Safest Place: Sanctuary Cities in the Era of Homeland Security

Satyel Larson    Rhetoric
Bearing Knowledge: Law, Reproduction and the Female Body in Modern Morocco, 1912-Present

Tal Niv   JSP 
Prominent Commenting Platforms and the Nurturing of Participatory Journalism

Marcel Paret    Sociology   
Legality and Migrant Labor in Comparative Historical Perspective: Class- Citizenship Dynamics in South Africa and the United States from World War II to the Present

James Philips    JSP   
Constitutionally Constraining Courts: A Comparative Empirical Analysis

Keramet Reiter    JSP  
The Most Restrictive Alternative: The Origins, Functions, Implications, and Control of the Supermax Prison, 1976-2010

Ashley Rubin    JSP 
Penal Cycles: American Punishment Since the Revolution

Pablo Rueda    JSP  
Indigenous Cosmopolitans: Oil, Law & Transnational Indigenous Mobilization

Sarah Tahamont    Public Policy     
The Effect of Security Classification on Prison Misconduct

Nicole Willcoxon    Political Science  
The Voting Rights Act, Electoral Institutions, and Voting Behavior: Minority Enfranchisement in Section 5 Covered and Non-covered Jurisdictions 

The 2010-2011 BELS Graduate Fellows

Mimi Kim, School of Social Welfare
“Contesting Feminisms: New Social Movement Challenges to Gender-Based and State Violence”

Gwendolyn Leachman, Jurisprudence & Social Policy
“Legalizing Sexuality: Law and Dominance in the Politics of ‘Gay Rights'”

Larisa Mann, Jurisprudence & Social Policy
“Copyright Law in Creative Practice in Jamaica”

Silvia Pasquetti, Department of Sociology
“Organized Refugees and Fragmented Citizens: A Comparative Ethnography of Urban Social Control across the Green Line”

Jamie Rowen, Jurisprudence & Social Policy
“The Transitional Justice Social Movement”

Sarath Sanga, Department of Economics
“Racial Bias and Learning in Law Enforcement”

Douglas Spencer, Jurisprudence & Social Policy
“Calculating Constitutions: An Economic Analysis of Constitutional Design”

Christina Stevens, Jurisprudence & Social Policy
“Effects of a Colorblind Model of Diversity on Hiring Decisions”

Shauhin Talesh, Jurisprudence & Social Policy
“Manufacturing Consumer Protection Law: The Private Construction of Public Legal Rights”

A.B. Wilkinson, Department of History
“Mixed-Race Ideologies in the United States”

Abby Wood, Department of Political Science
“Who Guards the Guardians? Agency Accountability Mechanisms in the Fifty U.S. States”

The Inaugural Class of BELS Graduate Fellows 2009-2010

Faiz Ahmed, Department of History
“Rule of Law Projects in Afghanistan: The Nizamnama Codes of Shah Amanullah, 1919-1929”

Rachel Best, Department of Sociology
“Deserving Patients: Health Social Movements and Lawmakers’ Priority-Setting”

Angela Hill, Department of Rhetoric
“This Modern Day Slavery:  Sex Trafficking and Moral Panic in the United Kingdom”

Kimberly Alexa Koenig, Jurisprudence & Social Policy. Berkeley Law
“The Worst: An Analysis of Institutionalized Violence at Guantanamo”

Karin Martin, Goldman School of Public Policy
“From Neighborhoods to Judges: An Analysis of Crime Policy Preferences and Implementation”

Brent Nakamura, Jurisprudence & Social Policy, Berkeley Law
“The Lawyerization of Medicine”: An Empirical Inquiry into the Creation, Diffusion and Rise of the
 In-House Counsel in American Health Care”

Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Department of African American Studies
“Popular and Professional Legal Consciousness: An Intersectional Approach”

Timothy Rodriguez, Department of Anthropology
“Religious Conversions Among Urban Male Heroin Users”

Michael Salamone, Department of Political Science
“Judicial Dissent and Political Resistance”

Stephen Smith, Berkeley Law (JD) and Department of Sociology
“Hijacking Counterterrorism: National Laws and Political Repression in the Post-9/11 era”

Hilary Soderland, Berkeley Law (JD)
“America’s Cherished Reserves: the Enduring Significance of the 1916 National Park Organic Act”