The Center for the Study of Law and Society has undertaken an important new project —building a video archive of interviews with the founders and leading figures of the field of Law and Society conducted by Lauren Edelman, Calvin Morrill, David Lieberman, Bob Kagan, and Jonathan Simon. The Conversations are taped the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, in front of a live audience of distinguished scholars and graduate students who are invited to ask questions following the formal interview. We invite you to enjoy these engaging conversations with the founders and leading figures of the field of law and society. For further information, contact Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
15. A Conversation with John Comaroff and Jean Comaroff
INTERVIEWED BY CALVIN MORRILL
John Comaroff is Hugh K. Foster Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard, he was the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, Honorary Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. His authored and edited books include, with Jean Comaroff, Of Revelation and Revolution (2 vols), Ethnography and the Historical Imagination, Modernity and its Malcontents, Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa, Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism, Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, Ethnicity, Inc., Zombies et Frontières A l’Ere Néolibérale, and Theory from the South: or, how Euro-America is evolving toward Africa.
Jean Comaroff is Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology, and Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies, at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard, she was the Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town. Her publications include Body of Power, Spirit of Resistance: the Culture and History of a South African People (1985), “Beyond the Politics of Bare Life: AIDS and the Global Order” (2007); and, with John L. Comaroff, Of Revelation and Revolution (vols. l  and ll ); Ethnography and the Historical Imagination (1992); Millennial Capitalism and the Culture of Neoliberalism (2000), Law and Disorder in the Postcolony (2006), Ethnicity, Inc. (2009), and Theory from the South, or How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa (2011).
Among their many honors, they are elected Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and they jointly received the Kalven Prize from the Law & Society Association.
16. A Conversation with Malcolm Feeley
INTERVIEWED BY JONATHAN SIMON
Malcolm M. Feeley is the Claire Sanders Clements Dean’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Prior to moving to Berkeley, he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Russell Sage Foundation Fellow at Yale Law School; and Assistant Professor of Political Science at NYU. He has also been a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Kobe University, and Princeton University. A leading scholar of law, courts and criminal justice, among his books are The Process is the Punishment: Handling Cases in a Lower Criminal Court; Court Reform on Trial: Why Simple Soluttions Fail; Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America’s Prisons (with Edward Rubin). He received the 2015 Harry Kalven Award of the Law and Society Association for a significant body of scholarship in law and society, and the 2015 Paul Tappan Award of the Western Society of Criminology for outstanding contributions to the field of criminology. Professor Feeley was Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society from 1985 to 1992 and President of the Law and Society Association from 2005 to 2007.
17. A Conversation with Susan S. Silbey
INTERVIEWED BY CALVIN MORRILL
Susan S. Silbey is Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, Sloan School of Management at MIT. Previously she was William F. Kenan Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College. Her books include The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life (with Patricia Ewick), In Litigation: Do the ‘Haves’ Still Come Out Ahead (with Herbert Kritzer), Law and Science (I): Epistemological, Evidentiary, and Relational Engagements, and Law and Science (II): Regulation of Property, Practices, and Products. She received the 2009 Harry Kalven Award of the Law and Society Association for a significant body of scholarship in law and society, as well as the LSA’s 2015 Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award. Professor Silbey served as President of the Law and Society Association from 1995-1996, and Editor of the Law and Society Review from 1998 to 2003. She is a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and received the Doctor Honoris Causa from Ecole Normale Superiere Cachan in Paris (2006).
18. A Conversation with Austin Sarat
Interviewed by Jonathan Simon
Austin D. Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College, where he has served on the faculty since 1974. In addition to many authored books and articles, Sarat has distinguished himself as the leading editor of books and book series in law and society and law and the humanities. His series include the International Library of Essays in Law and Society and Studies in Law, Politics and Society. Among almost 100 edited books are Law’s Violence (1992), Law in Everyday Life (1993), The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture (1999), Blackwell Companion to Law and Society (2004), Human Rights and the American Story (2017). He also edits the journal Law, Culture, and the Humanities. Sarat has served as President of the Law and Society Association and founding President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. Among many honors and awards, he has received the LSA’s Harry Kalven Award for distinguished research (1997), Stan Wheeler Prize for distinguished teaching and mentoring (2009) and Ronald Pipkin Service Award (2014), as well as the Lasting Contribution Award of the APSA Section on Law and Courts (2011), and an honorary Doctor of Law from Providence College (2008).
19. A Conversation with Kitty Calavita
Interviewed by Jonathan Simon
Kitty Calavita is Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine and Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Much of her work examines the interplay of political, ideological, and economic factors in the implementation of immigration law, the treatment of white-collar crime, and, most recently, prisoners’ rights. In all of these cases, she explores what they can tell us about relations of power and state processes. Her books include Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the INS (1992); Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Industry (1997, with Pontell & Tillman); Immigrants at the Margins: Law, Race, and Exclusion in Southern Europe (2005); Invitation to Law & Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law (2010; 2nd edition, 2016); Appealing to Justice: Prisoner Grievances, Rights, and Carceral Logic (2015, with Valerie Jenness). Calavita was the recipient of the Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award of the Law & Society Association in 2015; she was inducted as the Thorsten Sellin Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2010; and she received the Albert J. Reiss, Jr. Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association in 2001. She has served as President of the Law and Society Association (2001-02) and Chair of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association (2007).