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2010-2011

Thomas Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School, was 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.

Bruce Hoffman, Ohio University, is in residence from August 2010 –June 2011. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. His

research lies at the intersection of the fields of sociolegal studies, science studies, social movements, and social theory. His current work on independent midwifery and birth activism in the United States investigates the complex and subtle ways in which law shapes social movements, and explores how activists use “science” as a strategic resource in their struggles. He also studies episodes in the production of criminological knowledge to explore the development of professional criminology in the United States and comprehend the significance of the reemergence of forensics to the field.  He teaches courses and conducts tutorials in criminological theory, law and society, science studies, and social theory, as well as an introductory course in sociology.

Eleonore Lepinard, University of Montreal, will be in residence from January –March 2011. Her research interests focus on gender and politics, feminist movements and feminist theory, equality and antidiscrimination policies, as well as multiculturalism in a comparative perspective. Her first book explains the constitutional reform introducing gender parity in electoral politics in France: L'égalité introuvable, la parité, les féministes et la République published by Presses de Sciences-po (Paris) in 2007. French feminists and female politicians believed that the invention of a new legal concept to redefine gender equality, the concept of parité (parity, equality in numbers), would ensure, after two centuries of political exclusion, the inclusion of French women within the political realm.  Since then, she has worked on the tension between women's rights and minority rights in the context of two political controversies: the "sharia" courts in Ontario, Canada, and the headscarf in public school in France.  She has also worked on antidiscrimination policies, especially ethnic diversity policies in the French workplaces.

Mark J. Osiel, University of Iowa College of Law will be in residence from May, 2010-December, 2010. He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Mark Osiel's writings have inspired several conferences and are assigned at many leading universities in North America and Europe, in a number of fields. His scholarship seeks to show how legal responses to mass atrocity can be improved by better understanding its organizational dynamics, revealed through comparison of historical and contemporary cases.  This research also explores the relation of empirical social explanation to liberal normative judgment of leaders, followers, and bystanders.  Osiel’s six volumes include Mass Atrocity, Collective Memory & the Law (1997), Obeying Orders: Atrocity, Military Discipline, and the Law of War (1999), Mass Atrocity, Ordinary Evil, and Hannah Arendt: Criminal Consciousness in Argentina's Dirty War (Yale Univ. Press, 2002), Making Sense of Mass Atrocity (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009), The End of Reciprocity: Terror, Torture & the Law of War (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009); and Collective Remedies for Mass Atrocity (forthcoming).

Christopher W. Schmidt, Chicago Kent College of Law, was 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.

Lea Vandervelde, University of Iowa College of Law, is residence commencing Winter, 2011.  She is the Josephine R. Witte Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.   She writes in the fields of employment law, property law, legal history and constitutional law. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.Her research in the areas of labor and property highlights the nature of legal change over time. She draws her inspiration from history, cross-cultural observation, and legal realism. Her trio of articles, published in the Yale and Stanford law journals, demonstrates the significance of gender in the historical development of rules in contracts, torts, and constitutional litigation respectively. Other articles have explored cultural patterns in land use law and the 13th Amendment and law of slavery. In search of cultural comparisons, she has visited South Africa and the Three Gorges Dam of the Yangtse River in China, Mount Koya and Kyoto, Japan and Jaipur, India where she has been working with Kailash Satyarthi and an organization called the Global March to End Child Slavery.



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