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2009-2010

Karen Alter, Northwestern University, Department of Political Science, has been re-appointed for the Winter term, 2010.  Karen Alter's current research investigates how the proliferation of international legal mechanisms is changing international relations.  Her book in progress, The New Terrain of International Law:  International Courts in International Politics provides a new framework for comparing and understanding the influence of the twenty existing international courts, and for thinking about how different domains of international politics are transformed through the creation of international courts. 

Alter is author of: The European Court’s Political Power (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Establishing the Supremacy of European Law: The Making of an International Rule of Law in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2001). She has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on international legal systems including a recent symposium on Politics of International Regime Complexity (Perspective on Politics, 2009), an article on the extent to which delegating authority to international courts is sovereignty compromising (Law and Contemporary Problems, 2008), and articles assessing the effectiveness of the Andean Tribunal of Justice—the third most active international court in existence.

Fluent in Italian, French and German, Alter has received fellowships from the DAAD, the Chateaubriand, the German Marshall Fund and the Howard Foundation. She has been a visiting scholar at the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Auswartiges Politik, Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, Harvard Law School, Seikei University, the Sonderforschungsbereich of Universitat Bremen, and the American Bar Foundation. Alter is member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the editorial board of European Union Politics.

Martha Biondi, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University, has been appointed for the full academic year.  Martha Biondi is associate professor of African American studies and history at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on African American social movements and antiracist activism. Her book, To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City (2003), rewrites the narrative of the modern civil rights movement and emphasizes the centrality of the urban North. She is currently writing a book on the Black student movement and the origins of African American studies.

Bruce Carruthers, Ph.D. University of Chicago Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, has been re-appointed for the Fall term, 2009. Areas of interest include historical and comparative sociology, economic sociology, sociology of law and sociology of organizations. Carruthers has written three books, City of Capital: Politics and Markets in the English Financial Revolution (Princeton University, 1996), Rescuing Business: The Making of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in England and the United States (Oxford, 1998), and Economy/Society: Markets, Meanings and Social Structure (Pine Forge Press, 2000). His current research projects are on the evolution of credit decision-making as a problem in the sociology of trust, and worldwide changes in bankruptcy law in the era of a globalized world economy. He has had visiting fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. 

David John Frank, University of California, Irvine, Department of Sociology, will be in residence from March, 2010 – September, 2010.  David John Frank is Professor of Sociology and, by courtesy, Education at the University of California, Irvine. He is interested in the cultural infrastructure of world society, especially as it changes over time and varies across national contexts. In substance, he has studied the global rise and diffusion of environmental protection, the worldwide expansion and transformation of higher education, and the global re-conception and re-organization of criminal laws regulating sexual activity. He has degrees in sociology from Stanford University and the University of Chicago. Before coming to Irvine in 2002, he was on the faculty at Harvard University

Thomas Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School, has been reappointed for the full academic year. Tom Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He holds B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. One of his books, Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2003) won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Kyushu University, Seoul National University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Trento. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal adviser at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and consulted with numerous international development agencies and foreign governments on legal and constitutional reform. He is also the co-director of the Center on Law and Globalization.

Christopher W. Schmidt, Chicago Kent College of Law, has been re-appointed for the full academic year. Christopher W. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He researches U.S. legal and constitutional history, with a focus on civil rights in the twentieth century; the relationship between intellectual history, social movements, and constitutional change; urban history and local government law. Currently, he is revising his dissertation, "Creating Brown v. Board of Education: Ideology and Constitutional Change, 1945-1955," for publication, and is working on two new projects: a constitutional history of the student sit-in movement of the 1960s, and a study of the interplay of historic preservation activity and law in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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