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2018 Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellows

Evelyn Atkinson, ABF/National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Law and Inequality  (2018-2020)

Evelyn Atkinson is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, "American Frankenstein: Creating the Constitutional Corporate Person," traces the development of the constitutional law of corporate personhood in the nineteenth century United States. Combining legal history and social history, she illuminates how, from the early years of the new republic, farmers, merchants, and others who dealt with corporations in their daily lives attempted to enforce a vision of popular sovereignty that included public regulation of business corporations. These local movements for control of corporations, she reveals, resulted in the seminal legal cases that granted corporations constitutional rights, and shaped ongoing conflicts over the nature of democracy, economic justice, and the relationship of corporations to the state. Evelyn's scholarly publications have appeared in the Journal of Law & Social Inquiry, the Law and History Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.  She is the recipient of the Fishel-Calhoun Article Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, as well as the Graduate Student Paper Competition Prize from the Journal of Law & Social Inquiry, for her article, "The Burden of Taking Care: Attractive Nuisance Lawsuits and the Safety First Movement.” She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.  

Mary Ellen Stitt, ABF/National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Law and Inequality (2018-2020) 

Mary Ellen Stitt is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research investigates state punishment and reform across a range of institutional domains. Her dissertation, “Therapeutic Alternatives in the Criminal Courts,” examines the growing use of therapy and drug testing as an alternative to criminal prosecution in the United States. She draws on qualitative and quantitative data to analyze the impacts of pretrial diversion programs on defendants, the processes shaping their administration, and their implications for decarceration and mental healthcare provision. Her work has appeared in Social Forces and Social Problems. She is a Harrington Graduate Fellow and a fellow in the UT-Austin Urban Ethnography Lab, where she is involved in a collective book project on rural political life. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and a B.A. in Spanish from Carleton College. Prior to returning to graduate school, she worked as a community organizer, literary translator, and participatory action research coordinator.

Paul Baumgardner, ABF/AccessLex Institute Doctoral Fellow in Legal and Higher Education (2018-2019)  

Paul Baumgardner is a doctoral candidate seeking a joint Ph.D. in the Department of Politics and the Humanities Council at Princeton University. His dissertation, “Rethinking the Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement: Professors, Activists, and the Legal Academy of the 1980s,” explores the important battles waged over American legal development operating around educational institutions during the 1980s. Relying on interviews, archival materials, and additional primary sources, the dissertation showcases the types of movement mobilizations and intellectual competitions that many top law schools witnessed during the 1980s. These phenomena relate to, but also differ in important ways from, the movement actors, agendas, and legal actions found within other American legal institutions in the period. Baumgardner’s additional research in American politics and law has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Law & Social Inquiry, Journal of Church and State, and Law and History Review. Paul recently co-authored a book about interdisciplinarity and university life, titled Keywords; For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life (Princeton University Press, 2018). He has been a visiting fellow at the Rutgers Law School Institute for Law and Philosophy and a visiting scholar at the University of Buffalo Law School Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy. Paul holds a B.A. from Baylor University and a M.A. from Princeton University. 

Hye Yun Kang, ABF/Northwestern University Doctoral Fellow (2018-2019) 

Hye Yun Kang is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University and in Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Her research interests are in the politics of law and security and International Relations theory with a particular focus on critical theory. She currently focuses on the unintended consequences of the legal interpretation of security laws. This research project, based in part on her dissertation, investigates the practices of legal institutions in interpreting security laws, and how that generates an unexpected possibility of extra-judicial security measures. Drawing on the idea of performativity, she explores a new territory of security politics in which legal institutions provide a script of security action in a form of law enforcement. Hye Yun’s dissertation “The Politics of Security as Performance: The Korean War, the McCarthy Era, and Schengen,” shows how the script of security is enacted, disseminated, and revised. She received an M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University and a B.A. in Political Science from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.

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