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Visiting Scholars

ABF Visiting Scholar Program (No Stipend Offered)

The American Bar Foundation invites scholars to join our intellectual community throughout the year, as space allows, on a visiting and temporary basis. We encourage national and international scholars on leave or sabbatical to take advantage of our diverse sociolegal community and excellent facilities. We offer an office or workspace with library access, but no stipend. 

Preference will be given to visitors whose scholarship coincides with the research agenda of the ABF, and who will be in residence full-time for all or part of the year.  Summer visits are possible.  Visitors are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the ABF, including a weekly seminar. 

The ABF is an independent, scholarly research institute committed to social science research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. Its research community consists of leading scholars in the fields of law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology. 

Application letters should be addressed to Bryant Garth, Interim Executive Director, and sent in electronic form to with the subject line “ABF Visiting Scholar Program 2023-2024." Letters of interest should include (1) the topic on which you are working; (2) the preferred dates for residence; and (3) the days each week you would expect to be at the ABF. Please also attach a current CV.  Applications are due by March 1, 2023. The ABF Appointments Committee will review applications and prospective visitors will be notified soon thereafter. Please contact Madeline Rodriguez at if you need further assistance. 

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