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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
Focus: Women, gender, and the law in the nineteenth-century. Edwards' research focuses on how disadvantaged and dependent groups such as slaves, women and children used the law in the nineteenth century to…
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
Research Professor
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…
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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