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Research Professors

Research Professors are listed alphabetically by last name.

  • 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…

  • Laura F. Edwards headshot

    Laura F. Edwards

    William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law (2016-17)

    Focus: Women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century. Specifically, her research focuses on how disadvantaged and dependent groups such as slaves, women and children used the law in the nineteenth…

  • Tom Ginsburg headshot

    Tom Ginsburg

    Research Professor

    Focus: 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. The research on law and markets focuses on international trade law, with special reference to the ways in which international trade organizations,…

  • 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 Director and Research Professor

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

  • Elizabeth Mertz headshot

    Elizabeth Mertz

    Research Professor

    Focus: Language and law; legal education and legal profession; law professors’ professional lives; and how law translates the world around it; examination of these questions through the methods of…

  • Rachel F. Moran headshot

    Rachel F. Moran

    Inaugural William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law (2015-16)

    Focus: Race, ethnicity, educational opportunity, and the law

  • 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…

  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig headshot

    Angela Onwuachi-Willig

    William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law (2017-18)

    Focus: Law and inequality, employment discrimination, family law, evidence, Critical Race Theory, and torts

  • 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…

  • Justin B. Richland headshot

    Justin B. Richland

    Research Professor

    Focus: Legal discourse analysis and semiotics; anthropology of law; contemporary Native American law, politics, art and ethnographic museology

  • 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…

  • Victoria Saker Woeste headshot

    Victoria Saker Woeste

    Research Professor

    Focus: Understanding how law mediates and shapes the relationships among the state, the market, and society in U.S. history; uncovering institutional and organizational responses to legal and economic…

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