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Research Professors

Research Professors are listed alphabetically by last name.

  • Tera Agyepong headshot

    Tera Agyepong

    Research Professor

    Focus: Intersection of race, gender, history, and the law. Research addresses how historical processes of constructing race and gender have shaped the evolution of criminal and juvenile justice laws.

  • Bernadette Atuahene headshot

    Bernadette Atuahene

    Research Professor

    Focus: Law and international development, particularly the dispossession and restitution of property rights in the developing world. Research has examined the challenges faced by transitional democracies…

  • Traci Burch headshot

    Traci Burch

    Research Professor

    Focus: U.S. criminal justice system, political behavior, and structural inequality

  • Stephen Daniels headshot

    Stephen Daniels

    Research Professor

    Focus: Law and public policy, legal education, the legal profession, and the American civil justice system. He has published extensively on a broad range of topics that include innovation in legal…

  • Shari Seidman Diamond headshot

    Shari Seidman Diamond

    Research Professor

    Focus: Legal decision-making, including conflicts between expertise and impartiality; discretion and control; equality and individuation; and science and law. Research addresses how these conflicts…

  • Tom Ginsburg headshot

    Tom Ginsburg

    Research Professor

    Focus: The drafting, design, and implementation of national constitutions; legal reform in Northeast Asia; and comparative notions of judicial independence.

  • John Hagan headshot

    John Hagan

    Research Professor

    Focus: The intersection of international criminal law, war crimes, war resistance, mass incarceration, lawyers, and domestic criminality.

  • Terence Halliday headshot

    Terence Halliday

    Research Professor

    Focus: The globalization of law in markets and politics. Research on law and markets focuses on international trade law with special reference to the ways in which international trade organizations (such as…

  • Angela Harris headshot

    Angela Harris

    William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law (2019-20)

    Focus: Critical legal theory, examining how law interacts with race, gender, sexuality, class, and other dimensions of power and identity

  • James J. Heckman headshot

    James J. Heckman

    Research Professor

    Focus: The economics of human development, building theoretical and empirical models of human capacity formation; the development of a body of new econometric tools that address this issue; the development…

  • Carol A. Heimer headshot

    Carol A. Heimer

    Research Professor

    Focus: Sociology of law; global and transnational sociology. Research has focused on the relationship between law and other systems of rules and norms; the diffusion of more legalistic forms of governance…

  • John P. Heinz headshot

    John P. Heinz

    Research Professor Emeritus

    Focus: The social structure of the legal profession, the political activity of lawyers, and interest group politics.

  • Steven D. Levitt headshot

    Steven D. Levitt

    Research Professor- On Leave

    Focus: Crime, the criminal justice system, and corruption, and a wide variety of issues related to racial disparity and education.

  • Ajay K. Mehrotra headshot

    Ajay K. Mehrotra

    ABF Executive Director and Research Professor

    Focus: Tax law and policy; legal history; the relationship between taxation and state formation in historical and comparative contexts

  • Elizabeth Mertz headshot

    Elizabeth Mertz

    Research Professor

    Focus: Research has examined questions regarding language and law, legal education and legal profession, law professors’ professional lives, and how law translates the world around it, through the…

  • Janice Nadler headshot

    Janice Nadler

    Research Professor

    Focus: Social psychology and law, with focuses on compliance with the law; the psychology of property; perceptions of responsibility and fairness; and negotiation and conflict

  • Robert L. Nelson headshot

    Robert L. Nelson

    ABF Director Emeritus and MacCrate Research Chair in the Legal Profession

    Focus: The social organization of law practice and the relationship between law and social inequality. Research has addressed transformations in the legal profession, the role of corporate counsel, gender…

  • Laura Beth Nielsen headshot

    Laura Beth Nielsen

    Research Professor

    Focus: The sociology of law, with particular interests in legal consciousness and the relationship between law and inequalities of race, gender, and class, civil rights generally and employment civil rights…

  • Jothie Rajah headshot

    Jothie Rajah

    Research Professor

    Focus: The intersections of law, language, and power in the following areas: law, legitimacy and authoritarianism; international organizations and the global public sphere in constructions of norms for the…

  • Anna Reosti headshot

    Anna Reosti

    Research Professor

    Focus: Law's relation to inequality in the criminal justice and housing settings. Research addressed the consequences of modern background screening practices for rental housing access and discrimination,…

  • Christopher Schmidt headshot

    Christopher Schmidt

    Research Professor

    Focus: The intersection of social movement mobilization and constitutional change in recent American history; the ways in which constitutional claims emerge and develop outside the courts, and the effect of…

  • Susan P. Shapiro headshot

    Susan P. Shapiro

    Research Professor

    Focus: Social construction, social organization, and social control of fiduciary or trust relationships. Research has examined topics such as white collar crime, ethics, conflict of interest, the…

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