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LAPA Announces 2009-2010 Fellows

A diverse class promises an enriching year

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2009-2010 academic year.   Each year, LAPA hosts a select group of fellows drawn from the academy, legal practice, and government or policymaking institutions.  In addition to pursuing unique research projects, they share their experience and expertise with students and faculty in both formal and informal settings.

The fellows were selected in a competitive process from among 120 applicants.  "We are delighted LAPA is developing a reputation that attracts an impressive pool of applicants from around the world," explained LAPA Director Kim Lane Scheppele.  "All of LAPA's new fellows have both law degrees and PhDs this year.  Their PhD fields range from economics and philosophy to political science, history and literary criticism.  They have research interests and expertise that will allow them both to benefit from and contribute to the academic life of Princeton University." Throughout the next academic year, LAPA Seminars will feature the work of the fellows, providing the opportunity for lively multidisciplinary scholarly discussion among Princeton faculty and graduate students about fellows' projects. In addition, several of the fellows will offer undergraduate or graduate courses in a variety of departments.

The 2009-2010 LAPA Fellows are:

Jeannine Bell is a Professor of Law and the Charles Whistler Faculty Fellow at Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  A nationally recognized scholar in the area of policing and hate crime, Bell has written extensively on criminal justice issues. Her first book Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime (New York University Press 2002) is an ethnography of a police hate crime unit. Her newest book, Police and Policing Law (Ashgate 2006) is an edited collection that explores law and society scholarship on the police.  Bell's research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on her work in both political science and law. In that regard, she has written in the area of qualitative methodology and she is co-author of Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (AltaMira Press 2003). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Rutgers Race & the Law Review, Punishment and Society, and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. An associate editor of the Law and Society Review, Bell has served a trustee of the Law and Society Association and as a member of the American Political Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.   At LAPA she will continue her work on a book Hate Thy Neighbor (forthcoming NYU Press), which explores hate crime in integrating neighborhoods.

Susanna Blumenthal is Associate Professor of Law and History at the University of Minnesota, where she researches and teaches in the areas of American legal history, criminal law, and trusts and estates. Professor Blumenthal's most recent articles, which explore the historical relationship between law and the human sciences, appear in the Harvard Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Law and History Review.  Blumenthal received her A.B., magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College and went on to earn a J.D. and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize for Best Dissertation in American History. After law school, she clerked for Judge Kimba M. Wood of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Blumenthal joined the Minnesota faculty as a tenured member of the Law School and History Department in 2007, after teaching at the University of Michigan Law School. She presently serves as the Director of the Legal History Program at the University of Minnesota, and was appointed as the John K. & Elsie Lampert Fesler Fellow at the Law School for 2007-2008. Other prizes and fellowships Blumenthal has received include the Samuel I. Golieb Fellowship in Legal History at New York University School of Law, the Sargent Faull Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, by the American Council of Learned Societies. At LAPA she will continue her  current work on a book about insanity trials in the nineteenth-century United States, entitled Law and the Modern Mind: Consciousness and Culpability in American Legal Culture, which will be published by Harvard University Press. Other works in progress include an essay analyzing transatlantic medico-legal debates concerning the sanity of suicide across the nineteenth century, and a book-length study of the legal regulation of fraud in Gilded Age America.

Bernadette Meyler will be the inaugural Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and Humanities.  She is an Associate Professor of Law and member of the Graduate Field in English at Cornell University. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between constitutional law and the common law, British and American legal history, law and literature, and law and religion. She also inaugurated a Law and Humanities Colloquium at Cornell.  Meyler received her AB from Harvard, JD from Stanford, and Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Irvine, where she was the beneficiary of both a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Study and a Chancellor's Fellowship.  Prior to entering law teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert A. Katzmann on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  While at LAPA, Meyler will be completing a book on Common Law Originalism.  In it, she contends both that originalism should take into account the disparate strains of colonial and British common law circulating at the time of the founding, and that originalist interpretation should treat the common law backdrop of the Constitution not as providing determinate answers but instead as posing a set of questions for judges to answer from the vantage point of the present.

Ralf Michaels is Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and director of its Center for International and Comparative Law. He is the author of a book on comparative private law and of numerous articles and book chapters published in the United States and in Europe, and is co-editor of two volumes on conflict of laws. In the fall of 2005, he was the Lloyd Cutler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.  Michaels received a doctorate in law at the University of Passau and an LLM degree from Cambridge University. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he held posts at Harvard Law School and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and Private International Law in Hamburg. Michaels' main research and teaching interests are in comparative law, conflict of laws, and legal theory, all of which he wants to combine into a general theory of globalized law. Currently, this involves two big research projects. The project that he will pursue at Princeton is an analysis of the role of domestic courts, especially US courts, as world courts. The other project, pursued jointly with Profs. Annelise Riles, Cornell, and Karen Knop, University of Toronto, takes  private international law as the centerpiece of a general theory of global law.

Eli M. Salzberger will hold the Microsoft/LAPA Fellowship.  He is the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.  He is a graduate of the Hebrew University Faculty of Law (first in class).  He clerked for Chief Justices Aharon Barak and Dorit Beinish. He wrote his doctorate at Oxford University on the economic analysis of the doctrine of separation of powers.  His research and teaching areas are legal theory and philosophy, economic analysis of law, legal ethics, cyberspace and the Israeli Supreme Court.  His latest book (co-authored with Niva Elkin-Koren) is Law, Economic and Cyberspace (Edward Elgar 2004) and another book with the same co-author on the Limits of Analysis: Economic Analysis of Intellectual Property is forthcoming.  He is the President of the European Association of Law and Economics, was a member of the board of directors of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel; a member of the public council of the Israeli Democracy Institute and of a commission for reform in performers' rights in Israel.  He was awarded various grants and fellowships, among them Rothschild, Minerva, GIF, ISF, Fulbright, ORS and British Council.  At LAPA his research will focus on the role of the judiciary in the economic theory of the state and on the law and economics of intellectual property.

Jim Staihar is currently a Law and Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.  His main scholarly interests are in criminal law theory, ethics, jurisprudence, and political philosophy.  He earned an A.B. in philosophy from Cornell University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review.  After law school, he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, where he wrote a dissertation on the justification of state punishment.  While in graduate school, he held a John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics at the University of Michigan Law School.  In his dissertation, he defends a novel theory of why and how much criminals deserve to be punished.  His article "A New Systematic Explanation of the Types and Mitigating Effects of Exculpatory Defenses" is forthcoming in the New Criminal Law Review.  At LAPA, he will work on several projects involving an issue of punitive desert or blameworthiness.  Some of these projects concern the role that moral luck should play in criminal liability, permissible forms of punishment, and the plausibility of a principle of alternate possibilities.  More generally, he will explore limits on the types of conduct that a state is permitted to criminalize.

The Program in Law and Public Affairs is jointly funded by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the University Center for Human Values, and Princeton University.