Welcome 2017-2018 LAPA Fellows

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Celeste Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Jessica M. Eaglin, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Lewis A. Grossman, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Tomasz T. Koncewicz, Professor of Law, Director of the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk
  • Yüksel Sezgin, Associate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

Each class of LAPA fellows brings to Princeton expertise and experience in law and related subjects.  The fellows spend the academic year working on their own research projects, participating in law-related programs, and engaging with faculty and students.  Each fellow will give a public seminar, and additionally, some of our fellows teach in undergraduate or graduate academic departments or centers. LAPA fellows are selected in a competitive process from a large interdisciplinary and international applicant pool.


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Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, is an internationally renowned expert in health law, criminal law, and human rights. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national law and policy with a focus on criminal laws that impact health. She teaches courses in Property Law, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and International Health Law. Prior to joining Northeastern, Professor Ahmed was a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health Program on International Health and Human Rights. She came to that position after a fellowship in Women’s Law and Public Policy with the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS.  Professor Ahmed frequently serves as an expert for various UN agencies. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law convened by the United Nations Development Programme from 2009-2012.  She received her B.A. from Emory University, an S.M. from Harvard School of Public Health, and a J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. At LAPA, she will be working on a book project examining the role of law, science, and feminism in the response to AIDS.


Celeste L. Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on the Koreas and Japan. Her research and teaching focus on law and social movements, the politics of redress, the media, litigation as a form of political participation, the legal profession in East Asia, policy-making processes, historical justice and transnational activism, North Korean human rights, and qualitative methods.  She is the author of Accidental Activists: Victims and Government Accountability in South Korea and Japan (Cornell University Press, 2016). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in Philosophy from Cambridge, and an A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  At LAPA, she will work on a book analyzing lawyers' roles in the growing prominence of litigation, the courts, and rights language in Japanese and Korean politics. 



Jessica M. Eaglin, Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is an expert in the area of sentencing law and policy.  She also teaches courses on criminal law and evidence. Her scholarship examines state and federal responses to the economic and social pressures of mass incarceration in the United States, with a particular focus on recidivism risk predictions. She serves as a member of Uber Technology, Inc.'s inaugural Safety Advisory Board.  Before joining the Maurer faculty, Professor Eaglin worked as Counsel in the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School and clerked with the Honorable Damon J. Keith for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and both a Masters of Arts in Literature and a J.D. from Duke University.  At Princeton, she will further explore the intersection of employer background check policies and recidivism risk prediction in the era of mass incarceration.


Lewis A. Grossman, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, specializes in the areas of food and drug law, health law, American legal history, and civil procedure.  His recent scholarship focuses on the role of patients, consumers, and social movements in food and drug law and medical practice regulation.  In 2015, he was a Visiting Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.  Professor Grossman has published widely and co-authored the text, Food and Drug Law: Cases and Materials (with Peter Barton Hutt and Richard A. Merrill). He has served as a member or consultant on three committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to entering academia, he clerked for Chief Judge Abner Mikva of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced as a regulatory attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Professor Grossman earned his Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where he was awarded the George Washington Egleston Historical Prize for best dissertation in the field of American history; his J.D. from Harvard Law School; and a B.A. from Yale University.  At LAPA, he will work on his book-in-progress, entitled Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in American Law and History.


Tomasz T. Koncewicz, Professor of Law and Director of the Department of European and Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk, specializes in strategic litigation before supranational and the constitutional courts and pleaded test cases, on among others, transitional justice, judicial independence, property restitution, right to court, right to privacy and family life, freedom of expression, non-retroactivity of the law, presumption of innocence, registered partnerships and detention incommunicado. Professor Koncewicz writes extensively on constitutional law, constitutionalism, EU law, human rights, the role of courts in the process of European integration and procedural law. He has authored more than 200 papers and nine books, most recently, Law with the Human Face (2015). His extensive experience in European law includes serving as the référendaire at the Court of the EU in Luxembourg, and as the legal adviser to the Office of the Polish Constitutional Court. Recently he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he co-taught comparative constitutional law; 2017 Visiting Professor at the Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya, Israel. Professor Koncewicz received law degrees from the University of Wroclaw and Edinburgh, and is also a graduate of the Academy of European Law in Florence and the Europäische Rechts Akademie in Trier ("Defense Counsel before the International Criminal Court"). His project while at LAPA is entitled, “The politics of resentment, European disintegration and constitutional capture: Rethinking the European overlapping consensus?”


Yüksel Sezgin, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University, is the author of Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India, which won the 2014 American Sociological Association's Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Prize. His research and teaching interests include legal pluralism, comparative religious law, and human rights with reference to the Middle East, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior his position at Syracuse, he taught at the University of Washington, Harvard Divinity School, and the City University of New York.  He has also held fellowships at PIIRS (Princeton), Columbia University, Bielefeld University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Delhi. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Ankara, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of London (SOAS), and the University of Washington. While at LAPA, he will work on a book project that examines the relationship between shari`a and democracy in non-Muslim majority countries, focusing specifically on the cases of Israel, Greece, India, and Ghana.