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).





Erdem Demirtas is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Bogazici University, Istanbul. He received his M.A degree in Political Science from Yıldız Technical University. His main research interests involve comparative judicial politics, political economy of development and authoritarianism. His PhD dissertation focuses on judicial transformation in Turkey with an eye to Turkish Constitutional Court and the Council of Judges and Prosecutors. His research involves analysis of the Constitutional Court decisions and in depth interviews with judges and prosecutors. He is also looking for ways to use computational techniques for data collection and visualization. He published a book in 2014 entitled ‘State and Power in the Middle East: An Inquiry on Authoritarian Regimes’, Metis (in Turkish). Erdem Demirtaş was granted with Fulbright PhD Dissertation Research Scholarship for 2019-2020 academic year. (8/21/19-5/21/20)

Courtney Joslin is a Professor of Law and Martin Luther King Jr. Research Scholar at UC Davis School of Law. She is a leading expert in the areas of family and relationship recognition, with a particular focus on same-sex and unmarried couples and families formed through assisted reproductive technology. Based on her expertise in the area, Professor Joslin was chosen to serve as the Reporter for the Uniform Parentage Act (2017). Professor Joslin’s publications have appeared or are forthcoming in the Boston University Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Indiana Law Journal, the Iowa Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, among other sources. Her article, Protecting Children(?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproductive Technology was selected as a winner of the 2010 Dukeminier Award. She is a co-author (with William N. Eskridge Jr. & Nan D. Hunter) of the textbook–Sexuality, Gender, and the Law. She is also co-author (with Shannon P. Minter & Catherine Sakimura) of a leading treatise–Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Family Law.
Professor Joslin received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Brown University and her law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. (Fall 2019)

Claudio Javier González Guarda is a professor of law and head of the Social Sciences Institute at the Universidad of O’Higgins (Chile). (9/1/19-11/30/19)  

Gwendolyn Gordon was appointed to the department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics in 2013 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is an ethnographically-informed comparative corporate law, focusing specifically on the intersection of indigenous peoples’ cultural norms with issues of corporate governance and social responsibility. She has done long-term ethnographic fieldwork in New Zealand with an indigenously owned corporation. She received a B.A. in 2002 from Cornell University and her J.D. in 2006 from Harvard Law School, where she focused upon social and economic human rights for indigenous groups. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University in 2014; prior to this she worked as a corporate attorney in the London and New York offices of Shearman and Sterling LLP. (9/10/19-8/11/20)

 Dana Hayward is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. Her research explores the culture-shifting potential of the law – in other words, the power of the law to alter social norms and values. However, it can be difficult to study the cultural impact of legislation empirically, as laws both shape and are shaped by their cultural contexts. In her work, Dana suggests that a comparative analysis of close votes offers a promising solution to this dilemma. Drawing on insights from quasi-experimental research design, she argues that legislative decisions that pass or fail by narrow margins allow for comparisons in which levels of cultural support for law reform are held constant. While in residence at the Center, Dana will be working on her dissertation, which asks: How does legislative change affect the framing of moral issues? She conducts a qualitative comparative-historical analysis of four narrowly approved or defeated citizens’ initiatives that appeared on the ballot in the Western United States between 1990 and 1998. In each case, she compares how the issue was framed before, during, and after the approval or defeat of the measure, focusing particularly on media, political, and social movement discourses. She looks specifically at legislation in the issue areas of physician-assisted death and parental notification of abortion, as these issues raise similar sociological and ethical questions about bodily autonomy, informed consent, and the power of the state to regulate life and death. Dana holds an M.A. in Sociology from Yale, as well as an M.A. in Political Science and a B.Soc.Sc. (summa cum laude) in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa. More information about Dana’s research can be found at (8/12/19-8/11/20)

 Tanja Herklotz is a researcher and PhD candidate at the law faculty of Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. She holds a German law degree as well as an LLM degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In the spring 2019 she was a visiting researcher at the University of Warwick, UK. Tanja’s PhD project is entitled “Streets and Courtrooms: Feminist Legal Activism in India”. As a part of her fieldwork for her doctoral research she has conducted interviews with women’s rights activists in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Her broader fields of interest include Comparative Constitutional Law, Law and Gender, Legal Pluralism and Law and Social Movements. Tanja has published several articles on law and society in India, especially on family law, law and religion and the Indian women’s rights movement. At Humboldt University she has taught courses on German constitutional law, fundamental rights and on law and gender in India. (10/1/19-1/15/20)

 Michihito Iseda is a professor of law at Kwansei-Gakuin University where he teaches Corporation Law, Securities Regulations, and other law subjects. He has two LL.M. degrees in both the U.K. and the U.S., and is awarded Ph.D from Kobe University. He has a particular interest in the legal duty of corporate directors as fiduciaries of shareholders. He has written a series of articles on the fiduciary duties of corporate directors in different contexts.
He is also qualified as a lawyer (Bengoshi) in Japan. As he developed his practical work, he began to think that the legal concept of the director’s fiduciary duty should be better understood by the Japanese people, and the investor’s class action system is necessary in order to enforce it. Korea and Taiwan already have such a system. Recently, the Japanese government has enacted a regulation which gives consumer groups the right to bring a class action. He believes that the introduction of the class action system for investors come true in the near future. (8/12/19-1/15/20),

 Gwendolyn Leachman is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Faculty Affiliate with the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin. Gwyn’s research examines how the interaction between law and social movements affects patterns of inequality and social change. Her recent work investigates how impact litigation has affected the LGBT movement, including the power dynamics among LGBT movement organizations, and the compatibility of the mainstream movement’s goals with the more underrepresented segments of the LGBT community. She is currently working on a book, Litigation and the Shaping of the LGBT Movement (1985-2015), which highlights a series of mechanisms that have enabled litigation to dominate the agendas of LGBT and queer activists working outside the courtroom. Gwyn received her J.D. and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Professor Leachman was a fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA. (8/12/19-8/11/20)

 Veronica Marchio is a Phd student in Legal Studies at the faculty of Law of the University of Bologna, her fields of study are criminology and sociology of law. She is currently a blog staff member of the italian journal “Studi sulla questione criminale” and she is a cultured subject of Criminology at the Bologna faculty of Law. She is a law graduate and she attended a Master in Critical Criminology at the University of Padua. She also had her practical period of learning to become a loyer. Her study interests move to different fields: social movements, political economy of punishment, crime prevention, race and racism from a political and criminological points of view. Her graduation thesis was focused on Bologna housing squats and on that particular form of protest that is the block of evictions. Her master thesis was related both to the empirical study of some criminal preventive measures (precautionary measures ante-delictum) and on some more theoretical aspects of the so called “Dialectic of the criminal and the political”. The dialectic was related to the investigation of the actual politicization process of the criminal question hypothesizing how, on the other side, would be possible to politicize the social composition ri-aggregating it on political definition rather than criminal. Eventually with her phd project work she’s tryng to understand the functioning mechanisms of the italian administrative personal preventive measures through an empirical documental research conducted on the special survilliance ordinances imposed in the city of Bologna from 2011 to 2018 by “preventive” judges. The reasearch is tryng to stress for istance the concept of social dangerousness, safety and security, abitual delinquency. (8/22/19-12/14/19)

 Dario Melossi is Alma Mater Professor of the University of Bologna (Criminology, Department of Legal Studies). After having being conferred a law degree at this University, he went on to do a PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was then Assistant and thereafter Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis, from 1986 to 1993. He has published  The Prison and the Factory (1977, together with Massimo Pavarini), The State of Social Control: A Sociological Study of Concepts of State and Social Control in the Making of Democracy (1990),Controlling Crime, Controlling Society: Thinking About Crime in Europe and America (2008), and Crime, Punishment and Migration (2015), all translated in Spanish, Portoguese, and other languages, plus about 200 other edited books, chapters, and articles. He has been Editor of  Studi sulla questione criminale and Editor-in-Chief of Punishment and Society (2012-2015). He is currently Editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Criminology. He is member of the Board of many other professional journals. In 2007 he was conferred the “International Scholarship Prize” of the Law and Society Association and in 2014 the “European Criminology Award” of the European Society of Criminology. His current research concerns the process of construction of deviance and social control within the European Union, especially with regard to migration processes. (10/1/19-1/15/20)

 Ana Paula Motta Costa is Brazilian and lives with her family in the city of Porto Alegre, southern extremes of Brazil. She is a Professor at the Law School of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS, where she works at the department of criminal sciences, teaching subjects like Criminal Law and Criminology and is a Member of Commission Coordination of Master and Doctor Programs. She is also a professor of the Human Rights Master’s Program at Ritter dos Reis University Law Center. She has taught courses as a guest professor, as well as, given lectures at several Universities and Institutions around Brazil.
She has graduated in Law at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul – PUCRS in 2000 and in Social Sciences at Universidade do Vale dos Sinos – UNISINOS in 1990. In 1992 she finished her graduation degree in Education at UFRGS, in 2004 her Master in Criminal Sciences at PUCRS and in 2011 her PhD in general Law at PUCRS, having done an internship at Universidade Pablo de Olavide, in Spain, in 2009. Her thesis was approved with praise, receiving an honorable mention awards at *²Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Ensino Superior – CAPES 2011.
She coordinates a *¹Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnológico – CNPq research project and projects of university extension. She has experience in the area of Law, with emphasis on the Rights of the Children and Adolescents, working with the following issues: adolescence issues, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Brazilian laws for children and adolescents, Socio-educational measures and violence. She is a member of research groups in Latin America, has worked as an advisor in social projects, especially with UNESCO, PNUD and OIT. She is the author of several academic articles that have been published in qualified magazines and books, always on the subject of the rights of children and adolescents involved in situations of violence.
In UCBrekeley, she is going to work on a research project  under the supervision of Professor Phd. Franklin Zimring at the Center of Studies for Law and Society,  the aim is to conduct a comparative study on the reality of situations of violence in which adolescents are involved in the United States, especially with respect to the identification of the different ways in which the State intervene in reality, in terms of public policy aimed at the social control of youth and in terms of mortality due to violent causes in this population segment. This research is going to be part of a larger research project on the theme of youth mortality in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
*¹ and *² are education government agencies that validate and support research project at universities. (8/16/19-1/31/20)

 Gregory O’Meara, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and Professor of Law at Creighton University.  He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin and was awarded tenure at Marquette University.  He served as a prosecutor for six years.  Greg’s research has explored the crafting of appellate decisions as narrative constructs, relying primarily on the lens offered by Paul Ricoeur.  In addition to looking at the intrinsic structure of cases, Greg is also interested in the contextual framework of how laws are understood and received within a particular historical moment.  His research explores the often unarticulated ethical implications of the law as written.  Greg did his undergraduate work at Notre Dame; his J.D. is from Wisconsin, and his LL.M. is from NYU. (8/14/19-8/13/20)

 John Philipsborn is a practicing criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco.  He obtained his law degree and a master’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society in the University of California system.  His undergraduate degree and a Master’s in Education are from Bowdoin and Antioch Colleges, respectively.  During the course of his practice, the emphasis of his legal work has been on the defense of serious cases often involving questions about the reliability of scientific evidence.  He has defended numerous persons accused of capital offenses, homicides, and other felony offenses throughout various parts of the United States, in both Federal and State courts.  While primarily a trial lawyer, in part because of his lengthy tenure as Chair, Co-Chair, or Vice Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), in addition to having tried many cases he has been involved in litigations before the United States Supreme Court and numerous other reviewing tribunals around the United States, resulting in more than 100 published decisions.  He has been a lawyer with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program since 2004 and has represented both Mexico and the Philippines in litigations in courts of the United States.  He has qualified as an expert witness on a number of aspects of the defense of cases, and has testified on the subject of the competence of individuals to be subject to trial in courts in the United States.
In addition, throughout his career, John has been involved in teaching, research and writing aimed primarily at persons practicing in the legal system.  He is a regular author or coauthor of book chapters specific to California criminal procedure and has published more than 80 times in journals and periodicals on a wide array of subjects, including forensic mental health and practice recommendations for lawyers.  He has often lectured to audiences of practicing lawyers and practicing forensic mental health practitioners.  A two-time Fulbright Scholar, he was a law school faculty member for more than 10 years, and has often presented to lawyers and students outside the United States. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by CACJ in 2106, the 2016 Rosoff Distinguished Research Award from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine, and in 2014, he was recognized for his contributions to forensic mental health practice by the Forensic Mental Health Association of California.

In the Spring of 2019, he was named Visiting Scholar at the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania, thereby continuing his focus on the intersection between mental health assessment and criminal law, with recent attention on the assessment of future violence. His visit to UC Berkeley allows continuation of that focus. (8/14/19-12/31/19)

 David Skarbek is Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His research examines how extralegal governance institutions form, operate, and evolve. He has published extensively on the informal institutions that govern life in prisons in California and around the globe. His work has appeared in leading journals in political science, economics, and criminology, including in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, and Journal of Criminal Justice. His book, The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System (Oxford University Press), received the American Political Science Association’s 2016 William H. Riker Award for the best book in political economy in the previous three years. It was also awarded the 2014 Best Publication Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime and was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s 2014 Ethnography Award. His work has been featured widely in national and international media outlets, such as the Atlantic, BBC, Business Insider, the Economist, Forbes, the Independent, and the Times. (9/1/19-4/30/20)

 Yi You is a faculty member of the School of Policing Studies, Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. His researches mainly deal with the topics of prisons, comparative penal systems and social theoretical understandings of penality. He received his PhD in Law from Edinburgh University, MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University, LLM from Kyushu University and LLB from Peking University. His academic output includes his PhD thesis “Imprisonment in the Contemporary Imaginaries in the UK: Nihilism, Innovation and the Performance of Introspective Normativity” and a number of papers published in Chinese which explored in the field of penal ideology and incarceration practices in mainland China. (9/30/19-9/29/20)

 Fang Wang is an instructor in the Law School of Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, P.R.China. Her current research focuses on (1) The limits of law and the role of reputation mechanism; (2) The technical path of private financial supervision under the conditions of big data; (3) The impact of the disclosure of referee documents on the judicial system. (9/1/19-8/31/20)




Trang (Mae) Nguyen is the John N. Hazard Fellow in International and Comparative Law at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law. Mae’s research uses mixed empirical methods to study transnational business governance, authoritarian legality, and comparative legal institutions, with a focus on Asia. Her work has been published by the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the New York University Law Review, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mae earned a J.D. degree from NYU School of Law, where she served as an executive editor of the NYU Law Review and was awarded full scholarship as a Jacobson Law and Business Scholar. (1/23/17-1/23/20) /

Yasuhiro Murayama is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Rissho University in Tokyo, Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Ryukoku University in 2010. He was a post doctoral researcher in the Ryukoku Corrections and Rehabilitation Center, the only private academic research center specializing in criminal justice and criminology in Japan. He is currently a Board member of the Japan Chapter of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence. His research interests are Criminology and Criminal Justice. More specifically, the issue of drug crime punishments through the lens of “Punitive Welfare” as rehabilitation versus traditionally punitive measures. His current projects also include a focus on both the Death Penalty and Life Imprisonment in Japan. His book, “Keiji-shihou ni okeru Drug Addiction-Programs: Kaihuku wo meguru kenri to gimu [Treatment Programs for Drug Abusers in the Criminal Justice System: Are these a Responsibility of Clients?]” (Nihon-Hyoron-Sha, 2015), received the Academic Encouragement Prize of the Education and Research Center for Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice. (8/1/18-3/31/20)

Dvora Yanow is a political/organizational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist, Dvora Yanow teaches and researches topics that explore the generation and communication of knowing and meaning in policy and organizational settings. She is a Guest Professor in the Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Sub-Department of Wageningen University’s Department of Social Sciences (The Netherlands) and an Affiliated Researcher with the “RaceFaceID” research group at the University of Amsterdam. Her project at the latter, which she will pursue at CSLS, is entitled The Treachery of Categories and investigates state-created categories for immigrant integration policies, citizen-making practices, and race-ethnic identity. Other current research engages research ethics and their regulation; work practice studies; and science/technology museums and the idea of science. Interpretive Research Design (2012), with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea, launched their co-edited Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods; the second edition of their co-edited Interpretation and Method appeared in 2014. Professor Yanow has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Institute for Global Cooperation Research (University of Duisburg-Essen) and held visiting positions at the Danish Institute for International Studies, the University of Strasbourg’s Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Vienna’s Institute for Advanced Studies, the University of Paris Dauphine, and Shenyang’s North East University (China), among others. When not at work, she sings in an early music choral group, folkdances, and tries to practice the violin/fiddle. (1/7/19-1/6/20)

Carrie Rosenbaum is a UC Berkeley Lecturer in Legal Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law. She has published scholarship at the intersection of immigration, criminal, constitutional law and critical race studies. Her work has explored immigration exceptionalism, crimmigration, including state and local immigration enforcement via criminal-immigration policing, immigration incarceration, as well as the ways in which crimmigration racialization stems from a settler colonial history. She is also an immigration attorney and has served on the Executive Board of the Bay Area National Lawyers Guild, and as Co-Chair of the Bay Area National Lawyers Guild Immigration Committee, and has also held leadership roles in the American Immigration Lawyers Association Northern California chapter. She has served as a consultant in complex immigration litigation involving immigration consequences of criminal convictions, the terrorism bar and persecution of others accusations, and political asylum. Carrie has also served as an editor on an immigration law legal treatise for LexisNexis. She received her J.D. from U.C. Davis, and her undergraduate degree with high honors from U.C. Santa Barbara. (1/8/19-1/7/20)

Noboru Yanase is a Professor at the College of Law, Nihon University, Japan. He received his L.L.M. and Ph.D. from Keio University. He is an author of many articles and books, including two single-authored books on the Japanese saiban-in (lay judge) system and the theory of deliberative democracy. His main area of research and teaching is constitutional law. Recently, he has actively advanced the international community’s understanding of Japanese constitutional theory, through publishing peer-reviewed articles in both Japanese and English. He has primarily focused his research on public participation in justice, and on this topic he was selected as a presenter at the Annual Meeting in 2016 by one of the most prestigious academic societies in Japan. He is also one of the few active researchers on the impeachment system in Japan, conducting comparative studies with the federal impeachment system in the U.S. As one of the leading experts in deliberative polling in Japan, he has managed most of the authorized deliberative polls in Japan, and his work in this regard has garnered him awards from the Japanese Association of Comparative Constitutional Law. (3/27/19-3/25/21)