Malcolm M. Feeley has been named the 2008-2009 Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow. He holds the Clare Sanders Clements Dean’s Chair in Law (Boalt Hall) at UC Berkeley. Since 1984, he has been associated with the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program in the School of Law at UC Berkeley. From 2005-2007 Feeley was the President of the Law & Society Association, and he currently serves as co-editor, with Jonathan Simon, of the journal, Punishment & Society. The author or editor of numerous books and articles on the judicial process and the criminal justice system, his 1979 book The Process is the Punishment received the ABA's Silver Gavel Award for best book in law. His most recent books are (with Edward Rubin) Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State (Cambridge); (with Terry Halliday and Lucien Karpik) Fighting for Political Freedom: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex and Political Liberalism (Hart); and (with Ed Rubin) Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Choice (Michigan).
Feeley has taught at NYU, Yale, where he was a Russell Sage Post Doctoral Fellow in Law and the Behavioral Sciences, and Wisconsin, and has been a fellow in the Guggenheim Criminal Justice Program. He has also held several visiting positions abroad, including in Jerusalem, Cologne, Milan, Bologna, and Kobe. Feeley received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. He is currently involved in a trio of historically oriented studies on the criminal process. The first of them, a comparative historical study of women accused of crime in the eighteenth century, is near completion. The others explore the importance of privatization in the development of the prison, and the origins and antecedents of plea bargaining. He plans to work on these projects during his tenure at LAPA.