Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Program is one of CSLS’s most important and fruitful activities, enriching current scholarship and stimulating new research ideas in a “unique interdisciplinary and international research environment,” in the words of one recent visitor. In recent years, CSLS has welcomed some 25 visiting scholars annually from the U.S. and many other countries, in a range of disciplines, including law, political science, sociology, criminology, history, public administration and communications.  In 2011-2012, for example, 23 visiting scholars gathered at the Center from the U.S. (9), Europe (7), Middle East (1), Mexico (1) and Asia (5).




 Uladzislau Belavusau is Senior Researcher in European Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague – University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in EU law and human rights at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2011-2015). Ulad holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and an LL.M. from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). Ulad is the author of a monograph, Freedom of Speech (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of a recently published book, Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He is currently co-editing a new volume, EU Anti-Discrimination Law (Oxford: Hart, 2018). While at Berkeley in the Spring Semester of 2018, Ulad will be working on the research project about memory laws in comparative perspective ( supported by the HERA (“Humanities in the European Research Area”) grant from the European Union. He is organizing a workshop on memory law to be held at Berkeley in April. (02/18-04/18)  

Philip Kuligowski Chan is a Master of Arts student in Geography & Planning at the University of Toronto, specializing in citizenship, municipal governance, and legal studies. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at The University of British Columbia, focusing on Canadian intergovernmental relations and political theory. His M.A. thesis explores the inter-jurisdictional and governance challenges between municipalities and police in relation to residents with precarious legal status, especially around the notion of ’sanctuary cities’. While at Berkeley, Philip will be researching and writing on the legal frameworks which Toronto and San Francisco’s sanctuary city policies operate under. Philip also works as a Research Assistant at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University on projects related to security, irregular migration, and the Canadian legal system. (05/18-07/18) 

Ming Hsu Chen is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she is a  faculty member of the law school and holds faculty affiliations in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. As of Fall 2017, she is serving as faculty director of a newly-established Immigration Law and Policy Program. Professor Chen brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of immigration, civil rights, and the administrative state. In the law school, she teaches a variety of law and social science courses including Immigration Law, Citizenship Law, Administrative Law, Legislation & Regulation, Law & Politics: Race in America, and Law & Social Change. Her research examines the role of federal regulatory agencies in promoting the integration of immigrants and racial minorities into U.S. society. While at UC Berkeley, Chen will work on a book, Constructing Citizenship for Noncitizens, that explores institutional capacity for immigrant integration in an era of enforcement within the U.S. She earned degrees from the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D Jurisprudence and Social Policy 2011), New York University Law School (JD 2004), and Harvard College (AB 2000).  (01/8-05/28)

Vincent Chiao is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He researches and teaches primarily in the area of criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular interest in the philosophical examination of its doctrine and institutions. Prior to joining the University of Toronto law faculty in 2011, he was a law clerk for the Hon. Juan R. Torruella of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School. His research has appeared in Legal TheoryCriminal Law and Philosophy, the New Criminal Law Review and Law and Philosophy. (02/18)

Alexandra Flynn is an Assistant Professor in the City Studies program at the University of Toronto (Scarborough). She holds a JD & PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University, 2002 & 2017) and an LLM from UC Berkeley (2005). She teaches and researches in the areas of urban governance and local government law. Her doctoral dissertation project, Reimagining Local Governance: The Landscape of “Local” in Toronto (2017), examined Toronto’s complex local governance model along with its motley of institutions – some granted delegated authority and some not. Her current project focuses on Indigenous-municipal relationships in the land use planning process. Her current project investigates the notion of a “municipal duty to consult” and its potential for reciprocal, respectful relationships between Indigenous and municipal governments. In addition to her academic work, Alexandra has over ten years of experience as a lawyer in Vancouver representing First Nations governments and as a senior policy official at the City of Toronto. She has a long history of volunteering with organizations focused on homelessness and access to justice. (04/18-06/18)

Caitlin Kelly Henry is an attorney, educator, and organizer. She is on the faculty in the Sonoma State University Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. Kelly Henry’s legal practice includes state and federal civil and criminal matters. Her focus is post-conviction and prison conditions. She also offers client-centered representation on Public Records Act and Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA), national security, travel, and technology matters. Her research emphasizes cases studies in advocacy and litigation conducted in collaboration with incarcerated people. While at CSLS she will focus on three main topics: (1) Pedagogy and Ethics in the Prisoner Advocacy Network: Launching a Community-Based, Rebellious, Collaborative, Movement Law and Organizing Clinic; (2) Ashker v. Governor: A Case Study in Client Centered Class Action Prison Litigation Where Plaintiffs in Solitary Confinement Led Attorneys in Building Client Agency and Power; (3) What Lynne Stewart’s Legacy of People’s Lawyering Offers Advocates Confronting Expanding Definitions of Terrorism (01/18-12/18)

Liora Israël is Associate Professor of Sociology at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (ÉHESS), Paris. She graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure (Cachan) and holds a PhD in social science from the same institution (2003). Her scholarship focuses on several topics, including political mobilization of law during the XXth Century, legal education, or anti-discrimination law. Professor Israël is the author of two books, and has edited several volumes including Dealing with Wars and Dictatorships: Legal Concepts and Categories in Action (with Mouralis Guillaume, Springer, 2014). She was awarded the Adam Podgorecki Prize by the Research Committee on Sociology of Law of the International Sociological Association in 2008. She has served as a member on the Editorial Boards of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Droit et Société, and the Law and Society Review, and was elected trustee of the Law and Society Association (2014-2016). She spent Fall 2014 as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society.  Prof. Israel he has been awarded a Fulbright grant for her current stay at the Center. She is currently writing a book on political mobilization of law after 1968. (01/18-07/18)

Aleksandra Jordanoska is Lecturer at the School of Law, the University of Manchester. She received her PhD in law and criminology from Queen Mary, University of London and her MPhil in criminology from the University of Cambridge. Aleksandra has been Departmental Visitor at RegNet, Australian National University (2014); and a research visitor at the HEUNI, Helsinki (2012) and at the International Institute for Sociology of Law, Onati (2008). Aleksandra is the co-chair of the Collaborative Research Network in Regulatory Governance of the Law and Society Association. She is recipient of funding for research and academic event organisation by the UK council ESRC, and the QMUL, Manchester and Leeds universities. Her current research broadly engages with modes of governance in financial markets, the regulation of financial technologies, regulation theory, and financial crime. While at Berkeley, Aleksandra will work on a book that empirically examines the post-crisis patterns of regulatory change in the enforcement of financial regulation, and the techniques of adaptation employed by the industry and professional intermediaries. (04/18-05/18)

Jérôme Pélisse is Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po Paris and member of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (France). His work is situated within the law and society tradition (notably legal consciousness studies and legal endogeneization theory), in relation with the sociology of labor, professions and industrial relations. His PhD dissertation focused on the working time reduction reform in France (2004). He has developed research articulating quantitative and qualitative methods on labor conflicts in France, as well as diverse studies on a French staff-management union, on policies dedicated to the unemployed, or judicial expertise, notably in economy. He began a new research project on the implementation of health and safety rules in the scientific world in comparative perspective, notably in nanolabs in France and in US, during a previous semester as a CSLS visiting scholar in 2014. While at the Center during 2018, he will be writing a book dedicated to this research and develop a new project on monitoring of uncertain health risk in public organization like municipalities, comparing Paris and San Francisco. (02/18-07/18)

 Veronica Pecile is a PhD candidate in Law and Society at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales of Paris under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Napoli and at the University of Perugia under the supervision of Prof. Maria Rosaria Marella. She received her BA in Politics from the University of Trieste (2011) and her MA in International Relations from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris (2013). Her scholarly interests range from political philosophy and legal theory to social movement studies and urban politics. Her current research deals with emerging practices of commons in Southern Europe, focusing on the grassroots initiatives of urban movements aimed at restructuring welfare after the 2008 economic crisis. This work aims at investigating how movements are reconfiguring solidarity as radical political principle in opposition to austerity politics. Special attention is devoted to the interaction of commons with the law, and in particular to the movements’ strategic use of legal tools to consolidate their claims and to imagine solutions to the crisis of political representation. (01/18-05/18)

Reuel Schiller is the Honorable Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  His research focuses on American legal history, administrative law, and labor and employment law. He has written extensively about the legal history of the American administrative state, and the historical development of labor law and employment discrimination law. His most recent book, Forging Rivals: Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2015), was awarded the 2016 John Philip Reid Prize by the American Society for Legal History and was an honorable mention for Law and Society Association’s J. Willard Hurst Prize.  Professor Schiller is a co-editor of Cambridge University Press’s Studies in Legal History series.  He also serves on the editorial board of the Law and History Review.  While at CSLS, he will be working on a book on the political, cultural and intellectual origins of New Governance regulatory strategies. (01/18-06/18)

Mariano Sicardi is a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society. He obtained his degree in law at the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), where he is an assistant teacher in Criminology (2012-present) and member of various research projects related to prison, punishment and criminal procedure. Since 2015, he has also been an assistant teacher in several courses in the School of Law of the National University of José C. Paz. He has completed an MA in Criminology (School of Law and Social Sciences, National University of the Litoral), and he is now completing his doctoral thesis about the impacts of managerialism in the criminal process of the City of Buenos Aires and the use of the plea bargaining. In addition, he has been working in the criminal justice system of Argentina for the last ten years, and he now serves as a clerk of the Public Defense office in the City of Buenos Aires. At CSLS, he will conduct research on his project “Towards an effective criminal justice: study based on its design and its actors’ practices”. (01/18-05/18) /

Sara Bianca Taverriti is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Criminal Law Cesare Beccaria at the University of Milan under the supervision of Prof. C.E. Paliero. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law and a Post-Graduate Specialization Diploma in Legal Professions from the University of Milan and she passed the Bar Examination at the Court of Appeal of Milan. Her academic fields of interests include metamorphosis of the principle of legality in criminal law, human rights, separation of powers in modern democracies, legitimacy in law-making processes, the effectiveness of criminal law, alternative paradigms to crime prevention, victimology, white collar crimes and corporate crimes. Her current research focuses on self-regulation in criminal matters as an alternative (or cumulative) tool of crime prevention which is spreading in Europe mainly (but not exclusively) in the areas of corporate crimes liability, public bribery, and medical malpractice. The purpose is to investigate strengths and weaknesses of such phenomena, by using an interdisciplinary approach ranging from Criminal Law, Criminology, Legal Philosophy and Sociology of Law, to Economic Analysis of Law. (01/18-07/18)

 Lucía Aragüez Valenzuela is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Málaga (Spain). She has been the recipient of an international doctorate mention scholarship, and is currently working with the CIO of the University of Málaga, collaborating actively in providing legal advice to the University. She is considered an honorary professor in the Department of Labour Law of the University of Málaga. Her research deals with how ICTs have affected labour relations, and she is interested in addressing the social context of labour law, i.e. the consequences and effects of labour standards on interpersonal relations, not only within companies but also in society. Her publications include: “New Business Control Conduct in the Fight Against Incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies at Work”, “The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Workers’ Health: Techno-Stress”, “The Possible Use of ICT for the Analysis of Relational Justice”, “New Shared Economy Models: Uber Economy as a Virtual Service Delivery Platform and Its Impact on Industrial Relations”. (1/18-4/18)


Smadar Ben-Natan is a PhD candidate at Tel-Aviv University and an Israeli human rights lawyer, approved to practice before the ICC. She holds an LLB from Tel-Aviv University (1995) and a Masters of international human rights law (distinction) from the University of Oxford (2011), where her MA Dissertation won the Morris Prize for the best dissertation in her class. Her PhD research, written under the supervision of Prof. Shai Lavi and Prof. Aeyal Gross, is titled: Enemy Criminal Adjudication: Criminal Law, Martial Law and Armed Conflict. It discusses the plurality of legal systems Israel has employed between 1967 and 2000 to adjudicate national security offences, and suggests several paradigmatic models of enemy criminal adjudication.  Smadar’s research interests include human rights and criminal justice, military courts and tribunals and international humanitarian law. Her publications discuss Prisoners of War status for Palestinian prisoners, reflections of patriotism in the Israeli trial of Hezbollah fighters, and the application of Israeli law in the military courts of the OPT. During her career as a lawyer she was cited twice (2005, 2007) as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and awarded for her special contribution by the Israeli Public Defense. She taught professional trainings for Palestinian lawyers on the Israeli military courts, as well as trained lawyers and medical professionals on documenting torture and litigating torture claims. (8/16-5/18)

Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg is an Associate Professor at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law and a Visiting Professor at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies for 2017-18, as well as a CSLS visiting scholar. She specializes in criminal law and procedure, and her areas of expertise include non-adversarial criminal justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, philosophy of criminal law and the interface between criminal and constitutional law. Before joining Bar-Ilan Professor Dancig-Rosenberg served as the Academic Director of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Legal Clinic for Violence Against Women. During the 2016-2017 academic year she was an Israel Institute and the CSLS Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. She has published in leading American and Israeli law journals and received numerous grants and awards for academic excellence and community involvement. She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator (PI) of a study on the community courts in Israel and also works on an empirical project on the use of social media by sexual assault victims.  (8/16-7/18)

Kathryn A. Heard will receive her Ph.D. in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, at the University of California, Berkeley, in September 2017.  She has also received an M.Sc. (with distinction) from the European Institute of the London School of Economics and a B.A. (with honors) in Politics and German Studies from Whitman College.  While a visiting scholar, Kathryn will begin work on her book manuscript, The Power of Reason and the Promise of Religious Freedom in Late Secular Liberalism, which examines how political theorists and legal actors use discourses of reason to regulate the public life of religious expression.  Her most recent publication, on how political theory can illuminate the affective power of Employment Division v. Smith, can be seen in the journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.  Broadly construed, her research and teaching areas are: modern and contemporary political theory; critical theory; constitutional jurisprudence; theories of religious and cultural pluralism; theories of justice and democracy; feminist theory and jurisprudence; citizenship and immigration; and law, culture, and the emotions.  Prior to her academic career, Kathryn worked as a policy advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union as well as the European Council’s International Justice Project.  (8/17-8/18)

 Lijun Zou is an associate professor of Law at the University of Nanking. She teaches courses in jurisprudence and legal history. She earned her PhD at The Center for Jurisprudence Research of Jilin University. Her research interests are in the areas of judicial institution and judicial theory. Much of her work focuses currently on issues of public policy and judicial justice, both in the U.S. and China. At CSLS, she will be focusing on a project of judicial “policy paradigm” (contemporary China), which contains but is not limited to judicial policy, policy paradigm, judicial function, political analysis, comparative analysis and social learning. The proposed research aims at summarizing and theorizing the construction and reform of China judicial system into several characteristic stages, which are also defined and analyzed, in order to achieve a creative transformation of China contemporary judicial ideas. Recent publications relating to this project include: Discourse Analysis of the “Value Substance, Devalue Procedure” Thesis, in Law and Social Development; Criticism of the Source-based Criteria of Legal Validity, in Hebei Law Science; Political Rationality of Judicial Policy, in Journal of Liaoning University; Analysis on “Active Justice” Ambiguity, in Studies in Law and Business; “Judicial Demolitions” as a Public Policy, in Qinghai Social Sciences. (8/17-8/18)

Tsukasa Mihira is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Integrated Human Studies and the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He is a 2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at CSLS. His research interests are constitutional law, judicial politics and sociology of law with emphasis on comparative constitutional politics and he has made particular efforts to establish a field of judicial politics as an academic discipline in Japan. His publications include Ikenshinsa-sei wo Meguru Politics [Politics of Judicial Review] (Seibundoh, 2012), which won the book prize from the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law in 2013, and three co-edited books on constitutional law. While at CSLS, he will conduct a comparative analysis of the contrasting administration of judicial review by the Supreme Courts of the United States and Japan from legal, sociological and political science perspectives (especially judicial politics perspective). He received his doctorate from Kyoto University in 2009. He is currently a board member of the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law. (9/17-8/19)

 Trang (Mae) Nguyen is a lawyer and John A. Hazard Memorial Fellow in Comparative Law for the 2017-2019 term. Mae is also an affiliated scholar at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Her research focuses on comparative Vietnamese and Chinese legal developments, including Vietnam and China’s land and maritime border negotiations, environmental litigation, and criminal justice systems. In her previous work, Mae litigated gender discrimination claims at a legal non-profit in Berkeley, CA; advocated for data-driven criminal justice reforms at the California Office of the Attorney General; and co-founded a non-profit organization to provide educational and professional programs for Vietnamese youth. Mae earned a J.D. degree from NYU School of Law, where she was a Jacobson Law & Leadership Fellow and an executive editor of the NYU Law Review. (1/17-1/19)

Behnoosh Payvar is a researcher at Lund University. She received her Ph.D. in collaboration between the University of Tuebingen and Lund University in 2013. She is the author of Space, Culture and the Youth in Iran – Observing Norm Creation Processes at the Artists’ House (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). As a guest researcher and lecturer at Tehran University in 2015, she initiated a new series of lectures, courses (BA, MA and PhD level) and research on ‘norms, law and society,’ which took place in cooperation between Lund and Tehran. 

Her present research is on the interrelations of norms and law in Iran, studying the case of ‘women, work and law’.  As a visiting scholar, she is working on the field material collected in Tehran during 2015 and 2016 that will culminate in a monograph.  (9/16-6/18)

Jason S. Sexton is a CSLS visiting scholar through June 2018 and also a Visiting Fellow in the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. He has taught at Cal State Fullerton for the last three years, where he is the Pollak Library Faculty Fellow and edits the UC Press-published, Boom California. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, and has written widely in the areas of California studies, prison studies, religious studies, and contemporary theology. He has written The Trinitarian Theology of Stanley J. Grenz (Bloomsbury) and edited Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Routledge). He is currently writing a book that gives an interdisciplinary theological account of the incarcerated church. (7/16-6/18)

Martin Sybblis is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at Princeton University and a Graduate Associate in the Law and Public Affairs Program at the Woodrow Wilson School.  His research examines commercial law in a comparative context.  Martin’s dissertation focuses on the role of lawyers in the development of commercial law in the British Caribbean post-colonies of Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Martin served as a consultant to the World Bank; he also practiced law for over seven years, as an Assistant County Attorney (in-house counsel) for Miami-Dade County and an Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP.  Immediately following law school, he was a Law Clerk for United States District Court Judge Marcia G. Cooke in the Southern District of Florida.  Martin received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master in Public Policy from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. (5/16-8/18)

Ken Tanaka is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Kansai University in Japan. He received his Master of Law from Kobe University in 1997. He completed coursework in the Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University in 2000. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, U.C. Berkeley in 2006-07. Ken’s specialty is administrative law, in particular, environmental law. He has conducted research on environmental audit, the legal systems on wetland, land reclamation project, etc. In addition, he has conducted research on tobacco regulations. His book Law and Policy on Tobacco Regulation (Nippon Hyōronsha) was published in 2014, and he was awarded a prize by the Public Policy Studies Association Japan in 2015. During his stay at the Center, he will conduct research on tobacco regulations and environmental regulations. (9/1-8/30)

Anjuli Verma is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, as well as a CSLS visiting scholar. She will join the Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz as an Assistant Professor, beginning in 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine and her B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. Anjuli’s research examines punishment, law, and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective using multiple methods. Her work appears in Law & Society Review, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Ethnography, The Oxford Handbook on Prisons and Imprisonment, The British Journal of Criminology, The American Journal of Bioethics and is forthcoming in Sociological Perspectives and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Before graduate school, Anjuli worked as a policy advocate and communications strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union and held internships at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama and the National Indian Human Rights Commission in New Delhi. See also: (9/16-9/18)