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).




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)

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)

Solveig Laugerud is a PhD candidate in Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her scholarly interests include socio-legal studies, gender studies as well as Science and Technology Studies. Before starting her PhD, she did research on the Norwegian shelter movement and the trial against terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Her PhD research examines the legal processing of rape, and uses discourse analysis to examine legal decisions in rape cases as well as interviews with rape victims. She focuses on forensic evidence, credibility and the trauma discourse. The theoretical framing of her thesis is Foucault. During her stay, she will continue working on her dissertation.    (09/18-10/18)

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)

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)

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)

Pablo Rando-Casermeiro is Associate Interim Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences of the University of Sevilla (Spain). He holds the PhD in Law from the University of Malaga (2009). He teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and criminology.  He has focused on a range of research fields beyond criminal law and criminal justice, including administrative law, comparative law, criminology, intellectual property law and theory of legislation. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Mainz (Germany) and the Albert Ludwig University (Freiburg, Germany), where he conducted research on administrative and criminal sanction systems. Subsequently he focused on criminal justice policy regarding intellectual property, first in 2011, as a visitor at the Faculty of Law of Cambridge University (UK), and then in 2014, as a Visitor at the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM) (University of Münster, Germany). While in Berkeley, he is studying urban crime control, especially examining the influential role of the New York police model in several European countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France. (7/18-10/18)

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. (9/18-11/18)

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)




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.

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)

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)

 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.