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Meet Our Visiting Scholars: 2018-2019

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Mihailis Diamantis, University of Iowa College of Law

Mihailis Diamantis is an Associate Professor of Law and the University of Iowa College of Law. He writes about corporate crime and philosophy. His current legal research addresses tangible problems in corporate criminal law by drawing inspiration from the concept of "person" as used in ethics, epistemology, and cognitive science. His current work in philosophy develops an account of the nature of action that is responsive to the folk practices of responsibility attribution. He has subsidiary interests in privacy law and surveillance.

Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa, Mihailis was an instructor and researcher at Columbia Law School. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked on white collar investigations as an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.


Gregory Shill, University of Iowa College of Law

Gregory H. Shill is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. His scholarship focuses on corporate law, securities regulation, and law and mobility. His work is forthcoming or has been published in the NYU Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and has been cited by courts, scholars, and practitioners. He is currently working on projects (1) in corporate governance and (2) at the nexus of law, economic geography, and transportation, building on Should Law Subsidize Driving? (NYU Law Review forthcoming 2020). He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Professor Shill joined the Iowa faculty in fall 2017 from a fellowship at Harvard Law School in the Program on Corporate Governance. Previously, he practiced at leading law firms in New York and London as a litigator and transactional lawyer. In the latter role, he advised on M&A transactions and securities offerings, activist investor situations, and corporate governance matters. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Jennifer W. Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to law school, he worked as a legislative assistant to the late Rep. Tom Lantos of California and received an M.A. in Judaic studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

In addition to his Iowa role, Professor Shill is a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation and a Program Affiliate Scholar at NYU School of Law. He is also a member of the Road to Zero Coalition, a joint project of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Safety Council to eliminate traffic deaths by midcentury.

Professor Shill is a member of the New York Bar and a nonprofit board member. His publications and working papers are available on SSRN.


Jonathan Miaz, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration & University of Neuchâtel

Jonathan Miaz is a visiting fellow at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He is supported by a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to conduct a research on the legal defense of refugees and judicialization of asylum policies in Switzerland, France and the United States. His broader research interests are political sociology, sociology of law, policy analysis, street-level organizations, and social movements studies.

Jonathan Miaz received a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Lausanne and University of Strasbourg (2017). His doctoral dissertation – “Asylum policy and sophistication of law. Bureaucratic Practices and Legal Mobilizations for the Migrants in Switzerland (1981-2015)” – is based on archival and ethnographic surveys conducted in Swiss asylum bureaucracy and in legal defense services. He develops the notion of sophistication of law to show how Swiss asylum law and policy are also produced by practices of and interactions between bureaucracy, legal mobilizations and Courts.

Jonathan Miaz is also a postdoctoral researcher, working on immigration detention in Switzerland at the University of Neuchâtel within the National Center of Competence in Research on the Migration-Mobility Nexus. Since 2016, Jonathan has also been a lecturer at Sciences Po Strasbourg, where he taught a course on “European asylum policy and border control”, and at the University of Lausanne, where he taught a course “Politics in Action: Street-Level Organizations and their Public” (2017) and “Causes, Groups, Commitments” about law and social movements (2018).

Jonathan Miaz is member of the Centre for Migration Law and of the Laboratory for the study of social processes at the University of Neuchâtel, and an associate member of the Research Centre on Political Action of the University of Lausanne. His latest publications are “From the Law to the Decision” (2017, European Policy Analysis), “Taking the ‘Just’ Decision” (2018, with L. Affolter and E. Poertner in Asylum Determination in Europe, N. Gill and A. Good, eds.), “Le Droit et ses médiations” (2019, Politique & Société), “Mobiliser le droit pour défendre les réfugiés” (2019, in Militantismes de guichet, J. Miaz, M. Avanza, C. Péchu and B. Voutat, eds.). He is also co-editing a special issue of Politique & Société, “Au coeur des politiques d’asile: perspectives ethnographiques” with S. Tomkinson, and a book “Militantismes de Guichet: enquêtes ethnographiques en comparaison” with M. Avanza, C. Péchu and B. Voutat (Lausanne, Editions Antipodes).


Charles Bosvieux-Onyekwelu, EHESS, Paris

A member of Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Charles Bosvieux-Onyekwelu is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris and currently a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Université Paris-Saclay. Based on archival research and on a prosopographical enquiry enhanced by geometric data analysis, his doctoral dissertation provides a social history of the idea of public service during the French Third Republic (1870-1940). Croire en l’État. Une genèse de l’idée de service public en France (1873-1940), the book derived from his PhD thesis, will soon be available in French (Éditions du Croquant, "Sociologie historique" Collection). Along with Véronique Mottier (University of Cambridge, UK), Dr Bosvieux-Onyekwelu is also coediting Genre, droit et politique (Éditions Droit & Société, forthcoming), a manuscript that gathers contributions from leading scholars (Bruno Perreau, Jane Freedman, Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez) in the field of Gender Studies.

Dr Bosvieux-Onyekwelu’s broader research spans the sociology of elites, the sociology of law and policy analysis. He is interested in the process, both historical and contemporary, of elites’ legitimisation and domination. His current research, for which he has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at EHESS and a Fulbright scholarship, focuses on pro bono practice in global law firms. It sticks to an international comparison between France and the United States, and combines a sociology of law, a sociology of work and of the professions and a sociology of capitalism approach.

Dr Bosvieux-Onyekwelu has held teaching positions at the University of Cambridge, the Sorbonne and Sciences Po. His recent publications include “The Gender of Human Rights: the French Debate over ‘les droits de l’Homme’” (in Human Rights as Battlefields: Changing Practices and Contestations, Gabriel Blouin-Genest, Marie-Christine Doran and Sylvie Paquerot eds), “Le service public au Conseil d’État : comment un grand corps se professionnalise en captant une idée (1872-1940)” (Sociologie du travail, volume 60 (4), 2018) and “Multinacionais do direito, escritórios de advocacia e pro bono: elementos para uma análise comparativa dos campos jurídicos francês e Americano” (Revista Debates, Special Issue “Internacionalização e Poder de Estado”, Yves Dezalay, Fabiano Engelmann and Antoine Vauchez eds, 2019).


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Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Kate Masur (Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2001) is an historian of the United States. Examining the intersections of law, politics, and everyday life, her scholarship explores how Americans grappled with questions of race and equality after the abolition of slavery in both the North and South. Masur, a faculty affiliate of the Department of African American Studies, is author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. (2010) and numerous articles on emancipation and black politics during and after the Civil War. With Gregory P. Downs (UC-Davis), she recently co-edited The World the Civil War Made (2015), a collection of essays that charts new directions in the study of the post-Civil War Era. They previewed some of their key arguments in "Reconstruction: Retrospect and Prospects," in the Civil War Book Review.

Her most recent project is the republication of a largely forgotten classic in Lincoln studies and African American history, They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington. First published by E. P. Dutton in 1942, They Knew Lincoln excavates Lincoln’s relationships with African Americans, including members of the White House staff and Lincoln's Haitian-born barber in Springfield, William de Fleurville. It offers a mosaic of stories, including deep research on Elizabeth Keckly’s life and authorship of her 1868 book, Behind the Scenes, and vignettes of Washington’s own childhood in the neighborhood near Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Masur’s introduction to the new edition explores John E. Washington’s life and work, as well as the book’s original reception and significance.

Committed to discussing American history with a broad range of audiences, Masur enjoys leading workshops for teachers and working with arts organizations. She has also worked with the National Park Service (NPS) on several projects related to the era of Reconstruction. She was part of the editorial team that created Reconstruction: The Official National Park Service Handbook, and she and Downs co-authored The Era of Reconstruction, 1861-1900, a National Historic Landmark Theme Study published in July 2017. Downs and Masur wrote about their NPS work in The Atlantic Online and The New York Times, and they co-edited a Reconstruction special issue of The Journal of the Civil War Era that includes a forum on the future of Reconstruction studies and a roundtable conversation on Reconstruction in public history and memory. Masur has separately written for The New York TimesThe Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic Online on various topics related to the Civil War, emancipation, the film Lincoln, and the history of the District of Columbia.

Masur is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. In 2014-15 she was an Andrews Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. She spent the year working on a book about police powers, the anti-slavery movement, and the origins of Reconstruction-era constitutional change. She continues to work on that project and has presented portions of it at the National Archives, the American Bar Foundation, Brown University, and other venues.


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Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Crouch is a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty, the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Her research contributes to the field of Asian Legal Studies, with a focus on Comparative Constitutional Law; Law and Development; and Law and Religion. Her research has a particular focus on Southeast Asia, where she has conducted extensive socio-legal field research. She is currently Chief Investigator on an ARC Discovery Grant on "Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes" (2018-2020).

Crouch is the author of Law and Religion in Indonesia: Conflict and the Courts in West Java (Routledge, 2014). She is the editor of three major volumes on Myanmar: Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar (2014); 'Islam and the State in Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist Relations and the Politics of Belonging' (OUP 2016), and The Business of Transition: Law, Development and Economics in Myanmar (CUP 2017). She has published in a range of peer-reviewed journals. Crouch has been invited to work with many international and local organizations in Myanmar with a focus on constitutional and administrative law reforms, and legal education. She leads the UNSW Law Southeast Asia engagement strategy, and is the Myanmar Academic Lead for the UNSW Institute for Global Development. 

Crouch teaches in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, comparative law, law and development, and Asian legal systems. She is the Deputy Director of the Comparative Constitutional Law Project; member of the Australia-Myanmar Constitutional Democracy Project and the Gilbert+Tobin Centre for Public Law; and member of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.


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Kristen Barnes, The University of Akron School of Law

Kristen Barnes is an Associate Professor with tenure at Akron Law. She teaches Proprety, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Development Law, Land Use Planning, International Human Rights, and Public International Law. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. Barnes has published articles in top law review journals including Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice, and the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Her scholarship focuses on antidiscrimination law, comparative and international equality law, education and constitutional law issues, real estate finance, pensions, and property theory. She has presented at numerous prestigious conferences such as the American Society of International Law's Midyear Meeting, Harvard Law School's Institute of Global Law and Policy Conference, Fordham Law School's International and Comparative Urban Law Conference, and Arizona State University's Sustainability Conference. Barnes has served in two AALS leadership roles, including Chair of the Section on Property Law and Chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section. She is a member of the University of California - Berkeley's Comparative Law Equality Working Group and a Constitutional Law Faculty Fellow at Akron's Constitutional Law Center. Before entering academia, Professor Barnes practiced commercial real estate law in Chicago and clerked for a federal district court judge of the Northern District in Illinois.


Kimberly Kay Hoang, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

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Kimberly Kay Hoang’s research interests center on sociology of gender, globalization, economic sociology, and qualitative methods. A central focus of her work is to understand the gendered dynamics of deal brokering in Southeast Asia’s emerging markets.She is the author of, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (2015) published by the University of California Press. This monograph examines the mutual construction of masculinities, financial deal-making, and transnational political-economic identities. Her ethnography takes an in-depth and often personal look at both sex workers and their clients to show how high finance and benevolent giving are intertwined with intimacy in Vietnam's informal economy. Dealing in Desire is the winner of six distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association, the National Women Studies Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.


Nate Ela

Nate Ela earned his Ph.D in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ela studies the interaction between legal, economic, and environmental change in urban settings. Ela’s dissertation examines the periodic emergence and disappearance of urban agriculture as a form of redistributive social policy in Chicago since the 1890s. A past project explained how human rights litigation in U.S. courts created dilemmas for social movement activists in the Philippines. His writing has appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and Social Policy. Ela holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 


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Alyx Mark, Department of Political Science, North Central College

Alyx Mark is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Central College. Professor Mark’s work focuses on the American civil legal system, the ways in which individuals interact with legal institutions, and the relationship between the federal courts and Congress. Her current research, which examines the civic and political effects of interacting with legal services offices, has received the support of the National Science Foundation and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. Her work appears in, or is forthcoming at, Denver University Law ReviewHastings Law ReviewLaw and Society Review, and the Journal of Law and Courts. She has previously worked at the Brookings Institution as a Research Consultant in Governance Studies. She completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and her B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.


Robert Vargas, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

Robert Vargas is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Sociology, and founding Director of the Crime, Law, and Politics Lab at the University of Chicago. His research examines how redistricting laws, bureaucracies, and public policies shape the conditions of cities, with a particular focus on violence and health care. His award winning book "Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio" shows the relationship between ward boundary redistricting and block-level violence in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. With funding from an NSF Early Career award, Professor Vargas will continue his research on the political economy of urban violence through a quantitative historical project on Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. A Chicago native, Professor Vargas also consults on numerous local policy initiatives for foundations and nonprofit organizations.

 

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