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Kimberly Kay Hoang

Kimberly Kay Hoang is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the College and the Director of Global Studies at the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and in 2012 she won the American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award. 

Dr. Hoang is the author of, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work (2015) published by the University of California Press.  Dealing in Desire is the winner of seven distinguished book awards from multiple sections of the American Sociological Association, the National Women Studies Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association for Asian Studies.

With funding support from the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, she currently writing for her second book project Playing in the Gray: Offshoring and Foreign Investments in Frontier Markets

 Her work has been published in American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Gender & Society, City & Community, Contexts, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Her peer reviewed journal articles have won over 12 prizes from the Sociologists for Women in Society, Vietnam Scholars Group, and the American Sociological Association: Section on Global & Transnational Sociology, Section on Race, Gender and Class, Section on Sociology of Sex & Gender, Section on Sociology of Body and Embodiment, Section on Asia and Asian America, and the Section on Sexualities. 

 In addition to her research, she is the winner of the 2018 Quantrell teaching award at the University of Chicago which is believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching. 

Mark McGarvie

    Mark McGarvie, J.D., PH.D., served as a Research Scholar at the Institute of Bill of Rights Law and taught legal history and employment law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, from 2013-20. Previously, he taught undergraduate American History and Leadership Studies while Prelaw Advisor at the University of Richmond. Mark is a former Golieb Fellow in legal history at NYU and a Fulbright Scholar who taught at the University of Zagreb Law School in 2015-16. Prior to returning to academe, Mark practiced labor and employment law for 14 years.

    Mark's research interests have focused on the legal delineation of public and private sectors in the United States, specifically as it relates to the construction of American civil society, the history of philanthropy, and the separation of church and state. He has contributed chapters to several books and published numerous articles in bar reviews and history journals. His three books, to date, are: Law and Religion in American History: Public Values and Private Conscience, (2016) a title in the New Histories of American Law Series, published by Cambridge University Press and edited by Mike Grossberg and Chris Tomlins; One Nation Under Law: America's Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State (Northern Illinois University Press, 2004); and Charity, Philanthropy, and Civility in American History (Cambridge University Press, 2004) with Larry Friedman. 

Raul Sanchez-Urribarri

Raul Sanchez-Urribarri is a Senior Lecturer in Crime, Justice and Legal Studies at the Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, an LL.M. from Cambridge University and a Law Degree (Cum Laude) from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Caracas, Venezuela).  His research focuses on democracy, rule of law and comparative judicial studies, with an emphasis on Latin America and Venezuela in particular. His current research agenda includes assessing the politicisation of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and its role in the country’s democratic deterioration; and a collaborative project focused on exploring the role of informality in judicial politics in the Global South. His work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Journal of Politics, Law and Social Inquiry, the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, and International Political Science Review. He has held a variety of leadership roles, including Chair of the Section of Venezuelan Studies and Secretary of the Section of Political Institutions and Processes of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). He is a Non-Resident Research Fellow at Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, and a Commissioning Editor at Thesis Eleven Journal. Raul also has strong interests in the internationalisation of Higher Education and is currently Overseas Short Programs Coordinator at La Trobe’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Mona Oraby

Mona Oraby is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. Her research sits at the intersection of law, religion, and politics, and focuses on group formation, membership, and belonging. Before joining Amherst, she was the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Since 2017 she has served as editor of The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council's digital publication dedicated to scholarly debate on secularism, religion, and the public sphere. She additionally serves as a steering committee member of the Secularism and Secularity Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Her first book is tentatively entitled How Will We Know Who We Are? Devotion to the Administrative State. This project challenges long-held assumptions in the study of law and religion from the perspective of complainants who seek recognition, accommodation, protection, or exemption on the basis of their religious difference. These disputes illustrate the desire for convergence between state and communal norms of group membership, argues the book, rather than exemplify the state's alleged coercive capacity.

Deepa Das Acevedo

Deepa Das Acevedo is a legal anthropologist, and an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Alabama. She received her JD and PhD from The University of Chicago. During the 2020-21 academic year, she is a Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion and Journalism with the American Council of Learned Societies.

Her research blends ethnographic fieldwork and anthropological theory with doctrinal and policy analysis. She has especially focused on India’s approach to secular governance and is currently working on a monograph, The Battle for Sabarimala (under contract with Oxford University Press), about the dispute involving the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, India. Her articles in this area have appeared or will appear in, among others, Law & Social Inquiry, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Modern Asian Studies, and her public writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Hindustan Times, and Economic & Political Weekly.

A second research arc currently under development will explore autocratic legalism, judicial autonomy, and “constitutional morality” in contemporary India. Initial publications in this area have appeared or will appear in Cornell Law Review Online and the Asian Journal of Law & Society.

Deepa serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Law and Society Review, and is actively involved with the Law and Society Association and the American Association of Law Schools. Her research has been selected for the Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the American Philosophical Society, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at The University of Chicago, and the Research Grants Committee at the University of Alabama.

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