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).







Anthony Alfieri is a Dean’s Distinguished Scholar and the founding Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law where he oversees the Historic Black Church Program, Environmental Justice Clinic, and Community Equity Lab. He teaches in the fields of civil procedure, civil rights and poverty law, community economic development, and professional responsibility.  He has published more than 80 articles, essays, and editorials in leading law journals and newspapers as well as book anthologies.
Professor Alfieri earned an A.B. in 1981 from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude with concentration honors in the Center for Law and Liberal Education, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1984, graduating with Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar honors. He is an Affiliated Faculty at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy.
Professor Alfieri has won numerous local, state, and national awards for public service. He serves on the boards of the St. Paul AME Community Development Corporation and the Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance of Black Churches in Miami. (3/19-7/19)

Vanessa Chiari Gonçalves is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil).  (1/19-7/19)

Magdalena Kmak is an associate professor in Minority Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business, and Economics at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland. She is also a university researcher and team leader of subproject 3, Migration and the narratives of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice” at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Magdalena received her PhD from the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and previously she worked as a researcher and university lecturer in international law at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. Magdalena’s current research focuses on the epistemological role of exile and forced displacement for the production of knowledge. Her research interests encompass the topics of mobility, migration and exile studies, new minorities as well as public international law, human rights and international and European refugee and migration law. (5/19-7/19)

Holly Pelvin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Holly completed her PhD at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto in September 2017. Her doctoral research investigated the lived experience and consequences of pretrial imprisonment, based on field observations and in-depth interviews she conducted with 120 detainees and 40 correctional staff at four maximum-security provincial prisons in Ontario, Canada. This research is the basis for a book project that Holly will begin working on while she is a visitor at CSLS.  Holly’s postdoctoral research seeks to explore the issues of pretrial imprisonment and barriers to bail release for Indigenous people in Alberta, Canada; investigating the links between the ‘helping’ and ‘harming’ arms of the state, and in particular, the legacies and continued practices of colonization. Holly is broadly interested in the ways the criminal justice system intervenes in people’s lives, and the consequences of that intervention, particularly before conviction. (1/19-4/19)

Carrie Rosenbaum is 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 and impedes or signifies an insincere commitment to immigrant integration.  She will present her most recent article, Crimmigration – Structural Tools of Settler Colonialism, at a symposium at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in the spring of 2019. The article will be published in a special issue of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.  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. She 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. She 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. (1/19-1/20)

Javier Wilenmann is an Associate Professor and head of research at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago, Chile. He received his Ph.D. from the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany, in 2013 and held a post-doctoral fellowship in the same university in 2016. He is a member and executive secretary of the Chilean Institute of Criminal Sciences. His research interests are in criminal law, criminal justice and legal institutions. He is particularly interested in research on legal, bureaucratic and lay culture in the criminal justice field, as well as on the evolution of the mechanisms of the criminal justice system. He has also written extensively on criminal law doctrine and on the philosophy of criminal law and is currently working on philosophical and political analysis of criminal justice. (3/19-5/19)

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. (3/19-3/20)

Dvora Yanow, a political/organizational ethnographer and interpretive methodologist, 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 Wageningen University’s Department of Social Sciences, Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Sub-Department (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, investigates state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies, and citizen-making practices. Other 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. (1/19-2/19);




Shiran Altman-Battler is a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Talia Fisher and Prof. Leora Bilsky, in the Faculty of Law at Tel-Aviv University. She also serves as a research fellow at the Taubenschlag Institute of Criminal Law. She received her LL.B from Tel-Aviv University (magna cum laude), where she was a member of the editorial board of Law, Society and Culture Law Review. She holds an LL.M. (summa cum laude) in Diplomatic Studies (International Relations) from the Political Science Department of Tel-Aviv University. Shiran’s main research interests include criminal law, international criminal law, legal history and legal theory, and their intersections. In particular, she is interested in exploring the evolution of legal norms and legal institutions in criminal law and international criminal law. Her LL.M. dissertation was a historical and comparative analysis of the evolution of the legal status of victims in the domestic criminal law of Western states. Her Ph.D. dissertation involves the intersection of law, history and legal theory, and examines the evolution of plea bargaining in international criminal law, using an interdisciplinary approach considering both historical and doctrinal perspectives. (08/18-04/19)

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.

Doron Dorfman is a JSD candidate at Stanford Law School and a Lecturer at the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University where he teaches “Introduction to Disability Studies and Disability Rights.” He works on a variety of issues relating to Disability Law and Health Law using a social science perceptive and a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Doron’s doctoral dissertation introduces the disability con stereotype, the common apprehension that people “fake disabilities” to exploit disability rights, from academic accommodations to parking privileges. Through statistical analysis conducted on an original data set, a series of survey experiments, and in-depth interviews, the work reveals how the moral panic about abuse of law affects legislation, court decisions and the lives of Americans with disabilities. His work has been cited by a U.S. federal court as well as by the Israeli Supreme Court and was also featured in the New York Times.  Doron holds an LL.B, an LL.M, and a BA in Communication, all from the University of Haifa (2009), as well as a JSM from Stanford Law School (2014). (08/18-6/19)

Brandon M. Finlay is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. His research focuses on the processes by which people, places, and things transcend a state of liminality, and transition from illegitimate to legitimate, and/or illegal to legal. For example, his master’s thesis examined how a quasi-legal organization (i.e. medical cannabis dispensary) sought legitimacy from broader society, despite the fact they violated some set of laws in doing so. In this case, understanding how cannabis became stigmatized at the macro level, and how it continues to be destigmatized at all levels of society, helps us to better understand how legal and social change comes to be. His dissertation project focuses on understanding how the formerly incarcerated use higher education as a tool to reshape how they view themselves and how they are seen in broader society. These efforts to understand decriminalization, destigmatization, and legitimation processes are directly tied to his own experiences as a formerly incarcerated person. (8/18-8/19)

Yasuhiro Maruyama 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. (8/18-8/19)

Yoav Mehozay is a faculty member of the School of Criminology at the University of Haifa, Israel. He received his PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York. After completing his dissertation, Mehozay was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.  His research interests include jurisprudence, social theory and social control, legitimacy and obedience (to law-enforcement authorities), human rights and the production of knowledge in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. He is currently working on a study on the epistemology of big-data algorithmic risk assessment. His recent publications include his book Between the Rule of Law and States of Emergency: The Fluid Jurisprudence of the Israeli Regime (SUNY Press, 2016); “From Offender Rehabilitation to the Aesthetic of the Victim(Journal of Social & Legal Studies, 2018); “Critical Criminology as a Guardian of Human Rights: An Action-Based Model” (Journal of Critical Criminology, 2018) and Mehozay, Yoav and Eran Fisher. “The Epistemology of Algorithmic Risk Assessment and the Path Towards a Non-Penology Penology,” Punishment & Society, forthcoming. (08/18-08/19)

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 was 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)

Lin Pang is a Lecturer at the School of Law, the Southwest Medical University(SWMU. She received the Bachelor of Medicine degree at SWMU (2007), and Master of Law at Chongqing University (2014). Now she is a PhD candidate at Southwest University of Political Science and Law.  Lin Pang has also practiced law, serving as the Chief Legal Counsel at SWMU, and Founding Partner of Chuanyi Legal Consulting Co., Ltd, which provide legal service for more than 20 hospitals of Southwest of China. Her previous research includes the legal status and related problems of early human embryos in vitro, legal issues of surrogacy, and legal regulation for food safety in China. While at Berkeley, she will be writing a book dedicated to the theory of property and personhood, and to raising proposals for reform of China’s Civil Code. In addition, she is interested in exploring the legal issues surrounding Artificial Intelligence. (8/18-8/19)

 Maartje van der Woude is Professor of Law & Society at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and holds a chair in the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society. She is also affiliated with the Department of Criminology & Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo. Maartje holds a JD in Criminal Law, a MSc in Criminology (cum laude) and a PhD in Criminal Law & Criminology from Leiden Law School. She is currently Trustee (class 2018–2020) of the Law & Society Association, Associate Director of Oxford Law’s interdisciplinary research platform Border Criminologies, and Board member of the Dutch Law & Society Association. In addition, she serves as an honorary judge at the district criminal court of Southern-Holland. Maartje’s research examines the politics of social control and securitization, both from a more macro – national – as from a more micro – local/individual – perspective. Her recent work examines the politics and dialectics of crime control, immigration control and border control in the European Union and the growing merger of all three. She is currently working on a 5-year research project funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).  In 2018 Van der Woude was awarded the national Heineken Young Scientist Award in the Humanities for her outstanding academic record and active engagement with a non-scholarly public. (1/19-3/19)

Joanna K. Weinberg was formerly an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Health and Aging, UC San Francisco. She served on a UC San Francisco Institutional Review Board, on community ethics committees, and was a member of the UC Center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment. She was also a Senior Research Associate at Hastings College of the Law. She is on the Steering Committee of the East Bay Conversation Project, the local representative of the national organization which addresses Advance Care Planning issues for underserved populations. Her research focuses on the intersection of law, ethics and health policy in aging, and on sociological and ethical issues related to the process of dying: community approaches to the range across states of Advance Medical Directives, and Do Not Resuscitate policies as they apply to poor, elderly and un-represented populations. She received a BA from Brandeis University in 1968, a J.D. from Harvard University in 1972, and an LL.M. in Jurisprudence from Columbia University in 1980. In 2004 she completed a Fellowship in Health Policy Research from the University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral Program in Health Policy and became a teaching and research associate in that program. (8/18-7/19)

Ruth Zafran is an Assistant Professor at the Radzyner School of Law, IDC Herzliya, Israel and a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies for 2017-18, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society. Ruth is a graduate of the Law Faculty – Tel-Aviv University (LL.B., 1997), and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (LL.D., 2004). She was a visiting scholar at The CSLS at UC Berkeley in 2006 – 2007. Her research focuses on family law, especially the status of children in the family, parenthood definition and the legal ramifications of Assisted Reproductive Technology. She currently works on two research projects, one that deals with International Surrogacy and the other that examines the status of siblings (and so called “half siblings” and “step siblings’) in diverse families.