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New Doctoral Fellows, 2011-2012

Camilo Arturo Leslie and Meredith Rountree (not pictured: Jennifer Woodward)









Camilo Arturo Leslie is a University of Michigan JD (2010) and expects his PhD in Sociology in 2012.
LSA/NSF/ABF Doctoral Fellow (2011-2013)
Mr. Leslie’s research examines how national politics and policy affect investment opportunities in global financial markets. Using the case-study of the ponzi scheme perpetrated by the Texas-based Stanford Financial Group, Mr. Leslie compares how different groups of investors fared in the face of fraud. Using comparative-historical sociological methods, he traces the economic policies and trajectories of Venezuela and the United States that shaped these victims’ experiences. Mr. Leslie attempts to uncover reasons for similarities and differences in regulatory regimes, politics, and even conventions of private property and savings that shaped investor’s starting points, ruin, and recovery. His work already has been recognized by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Jennifer Woodward is a PhD candidate at University of Albany SUNY in Political Science.
LSA/NSF/ABF Doctoral Fellow (2011-2013)
Ms. Woodward studies group mobilization and the implementation of rights. In particular, she is interested in the role of intermediary bureaucracy in public policy and rights enforcement. Ms. Woodward uses the case study of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as one such case study. Her comparative historical and archival research is important not only for understanding rights, rights claiming, rights consciousness but also for current-day policy decisions about the utility of rights for members of traditionally disadvantaged groups.

Meredith Martin Rountree is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, and earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
ABF Doctoral Fellow
For over 15 years, she has represented prisoners facing the death penalty.  Her doctoral research focuses on condemned prisoners who seek to waive their legal appeals in order to hasten execution, and undertakes an empirical examination of their desires to hasten death.  In exploring the legal system's construction and adjudication of questions about these prisoners’ mental competence and their “right” to hasten execution, she considers how the law structures the right to die in this group as compared to those with a terminal illness.  In addition, she examines the role of professional networks in shaping how lawyers representing such prisoners interpret and respond to their clients’ desires to hasten death.  Her research has been supported by the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.