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LAPA Announces 2012-2013 Fellows

Six fellows chosen from over 140 applicants

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The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year.  They are:

  • Mark Alexander, Seton Hall University Law School
  • Kathryn Hendley, University of Wisconsin
  • Martin Loughlin, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Lisa L. Miller, Rutgers University
  • Nathaniel Persily, Columbia Law School
  • Alexander Somek, University of Iowa

Each class of LAPA fellows brings to Princeton expertise in law and legal studies.  The fellows spend the academic year working on their own research projects, participating in law-related seminars, engaging with faculty and students pursuing law-related academic inquiries and often teaching in the curricula of various programs on campus.  The fellows were selected in a competitive process from a large interdisciplinary and international applicant pool.

During the academic year, each fellow will present his or her research at a LAPA Seminar, which provides an opportunity for lively multidisciplinary scholarly discussion about fellows’ projects among Princeton faculty and graduate students.  In addition, several of the fellows will teach courses while they are here.

The 2012-2013 Fellows

Mark Alexander is a law professor at Seton Hall University Law School, specializing in Constitutional Law and the intersection of Law and Politics.  Professor Alexander writes and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, law and politics, and criminal procedure. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, politics and government and on free speech issues, with a focus on campaign reform. In addition to his numerous scholarly and popular writings, Professor Alexander has been active in politics and government, including serving as a senior staff member for Obama Presidential Campaign; working in various capacities for Mayor Cory Booker, Senators Bill Bradley, Edward Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum; and serving a two-year term as a Washington, DC elected official.  In addition, he serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Demos, The American Prospect Magazine, and the Center for Collaborative Change among others.  He received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. Following a clerkship, he was a litigator in private practice for three years before joining the Seton Hall faculty. At Princeton he will be working on a project examining government operations and politics in Washington, DC through the perspective of a freshman U.S. Senator.

Kathryn Hendley is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research focuses on legal reform in post-Soviet Russia. She has published widely on issues relating to how ordinary Russians experience law.  Her research is based upon extensive travel in Russia and engagement with Russians.  Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from many sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research, the World Bank, and Fulbright Scholar Program. Professor Hendley holds a joint appointment: her law school courses include contracts, comparative law, and Russian law; in the Political Science department she regularly teaches Russian politics, law, society and politics and comparative legal institutions.  She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkley.  Professor Hendley will be coming to Princeton from Russia where she spent the 2011-12 academic year on a Fulbright research fellowship and an Ed Hewett fellowship exploring Russians’ access to justice.  At Princeton she will be working on a monograph about how law works in Russia, tentatively titled “Everyday Law in Russia.”

Martin Loughlin will hold the Martin and Kathleen Crane / LAPA Fellowship.  He is Professor of Public Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), recently stepping down as Head of the Public Law Department.  A leading scholar in this field, he has published several books including Local Government in the Modern State (1986), Public Law and Political Theory (1992), Legality and Locality: The Role of Law in Central-Local Government Relations (1996), Sword and Scales (2000), and The Idea of Public Law (2003).  In 2010 he published Foundations of Public Law, which seeks to explain the nature of the modern practice of public law. He has taught in several law schools in Canada and the United Kingdom and held distinguished positions as a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow in 2000-02, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2007-08. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. Professor Loughlin was educated at LSE, the University of Warwick and Harvard Law School.  At Princeton he will undertake to formulate a restatement of constitutional theory, addressing the constitutional challenges that the extension of governing power beyond the nation-state form imposes.

Lisa L. Miller is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. Her research interests are in law and social policy, constitutionalism, inequality and crime and punishment. Her most recent book, The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty and Crime Control (Oxford, 2008), explored the relationship between the peculiar style of American federalism and the substantial inequalities in criminal victimization and punishment across racial groups in the U.S. She has written extensively on the development of crime and justice policy and legal frameworks in the U.S. with her work appearing in law and public policy journals. She is coming to Princeton from a year as a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford where she is working on a book project on comparative democratic systems, crime and punishment. Professor Miller received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. At Princeton, she will be working on a project entitled “In Defense of Mob Rule? Violence, Punishment and Democracy in Comparative Perspective.”

Nathaniel Persily is the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science and the Director of the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School. Professor Persily’s scholarship focuses on American election law or what is sometimes called the “law of democracy,” which addresses issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, and redistricting.  Professor Persily also created DrawCongress.org, a website that serves as a repository for nonpartisan congressional redistricting plans for all 50 states.  The website – the first ever to present a nonpartisan redistricting plan for the entire U.S. House of Representatives – contains maps drawn by students in his course, “Redistricting and Gerrymandering.” He has also served as a court appointed expert on legislative redistricting in several states and published numerous articles on voting rights issues. His coedited book, Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (Oxford Press, 2008), examines the effects of court decisions on American public opinion. In addition, along with Stephen Ansolabehere, he designed the “Constitutional Attitudes Survey,” a national public opinion survey executed in both 2009 and 2010.  The survey (available at www.persily.com) includes an array of questions concerning attitudes toward the Supreme Court, constitutional interpretation, and specific constitutional controversies.  Professor Persily earned his J.D. from Stanford and received his Ph.D. in political science from U.C. Berkeley. Before joining the Columbia Law faculty he taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  At LAPA he will work on a book about the congressional redistricting process.

Alexander Somek holds the Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where he became a Professor of Law in 2003. Before moving to the United States, he was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna. His work has focused mostly on historical transformations of the authority of law and how these are reflected in legal scholarship.  Professor Somek is the author of a number of books and numerous articles on European Union law, comparative law, public international law and jurisprudence.  His book Individualism (2008) examines constituent power, while his most recent book, Engineering Equality: An Essay on European Anti-Discrimination Law (2011), explores the transformation of solidarity in the European Union. Professor Somek earned “habilitations” in both Legal Philosophy (1992) and Public Law (2001) at the University of Vienna. As a LAPA fellow he will work on his project “The Cosmopolitan Constitution.”