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The American Bar Foundation Welcomes New Visiting Scholars

January 8, 2018, ABF news

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) recently welcomed several new visiting scholars from institutions across the United States.

Professor Katherine Turk joins us from the Department of History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the histories of women, gender and sexuality; law, labor and social movements; and the twentieth century United States. Her first book, “Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace,” examines how sex equality law has remade the world of work, eroding some inequalities and affirming others. Turk’s current projects include a history of the National Organization for Women, an article on men and masculinity in feminist movements, and with Leandra Zarnow, a study of the origins and intellectual trajectory of the field of women’s history.

Justin Simard is the Jack Miller Center Post-Doctoral Teaching and Research Scholar at the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Center for Legal Studies, he was a fellow at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo. He is a historian of the legal profession, and his research traces how the routine work of American lawyers shaped the development of capitalism in the nineteenth century.

Professor Karen Alter joins us from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. Her current research investigates the legalization and judicialization of international relations in Europe, Africa, and Latin America with respect to economic, human rights and mass atrocities. Alter is author of the award-winning book, “The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights,” and of “Transplanting International Courts: The Law and Politics of the Andean Tribunal of Justice,” “The European Court’s Political Power,” and “Establishing the Supremacy of European Law: The Making of an International Rule of Law in Europe,” as well as more than forty-five articles and book chapters on the politics of international law, comparative international courts, and international regime complexity.

Professor Winnifred Sullivan joins us from the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He research explores religion as a broad and complex social and cultural phenomenon that both generates law and is regulated by law. Her particular interest is in understanding the phenomenology of religion under the modern rule of law. She has training in law and religious studies, and has taught both in law school and in religion departments. She focuses on the intersection of religion and law in the U.S. within a broader comparative field, both theoretically and cross-culturally. Within legal studies, her work falls broadly within socio-legal and critical legal studies.

The ABF invites scholars to join our intellectual community throughout the year, as space allows, on a visiting and temporary basis. National and international scholars on leave or sabbatical are encouraged to take advantage of our diverse sociolegal community and excellent facilities. 

Meet all of the ABF’s current and past visiting scholars here, and learn more about our visiting scholar program here.


Posted by: Cheyenne Blount

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