Previous Fellows - 2011-2012

LAPA has hosted fellows since the 2000-2001 academic year. LAPA alumni come from many countries, many disciplines and many levels of seniority. All have shared a common commitment to the study of law and legal institutions. For more on our LAPA alumni, see the listing of fellows by cohort below. Each former LAPA fellow has her/his own "people page" on the site, reachable by link from the person's name in the cohort listings or from the People Archive.


fellows 2011-2012 Back row: Bernadette Atuahene, Gabor Halmai, Michael McCann, Heather Hoekstra, Jennifer Bolton, Michael Herz. Front row: Tayyab Mahmud, Kim Lane Scheppele, Arzoo Osanloo, Leslie Gerwin, George Bustin, Camille Robcis, Judi Rivkin

Bernadette Atuahene , LAPA Fellow 2011-2012, Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Michael E. Herz , LAPA/Microsoft Fellow 2011-2012
Tayyab Mahmud , LAPA Fellow 2011-2012
Michael McCann , LAPA/Crane Fellow
Arzoo Osanloo , 2011-2012 LAPA Fellow
Camille Robcis , 2011-2012 LAPA/Mellon Fellow

Bernadette Atuahene

Bernadette Atuahene is Assistant Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent Law School and a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree at UCLA, her law degree at Yale, and an MPA at Harvard’s Kennedy School. While still in law school, she worked as a human rights investigator for the Center for Economic and Social Rights, where she received Amnesty International’s Patrick Stewart Human Rights Award for her work with human rights organizations throughout South America. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for Justices Madala and Ngcobo. She then worked as an associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York, where she focused on sovereign debt and real estate transactions. Her research deals with confiscation and restitution of property. As a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in 2008, she worked with the South African Director General of Land Affairs and his staff. She is presently writing a book about the Land Restitution Program, which is based on 150 interviews she conducted with program beneficiaries. She is also directing and producing a documentary film about one family’s struggle to reclaim their land. Professor Atuahene teaches Law, Policy and International Development; Property; and International Business Transactions.

Tayyab Mahmud

Tayyab Mahmud is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Global Justice at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches comparative constitutional law, international law, legal theory, and legal history. He received his B.A. from Punjab University, M. Sc. (International Relations) from Islamabad University, Ph.D. (Political Science) from University of Hawaii, and J.D. from University of California Hastings College of Law. His writings in the areas of comparative constitutional law, international law, critical legal theory, colonial legal regimes, and postcolonial legal systems have appeared in numerous legal journals. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals in comparative and international law. He is a past co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Board of Directors of Latina/o Critical Legal Studies, Inc. (LatCrit). His current research is focused on extra-constitutional usurpation and exercise of power in post-colonial states.

Michael McCann

Michael McCann is Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington, where he founded the University�s Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center and the undergraduate Law, Societies, and Justice program. He recently served as chair of the Political Science Department, and is also a board member for the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the UW Center for Human Rights as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Law School. He is a recipient of the university�s Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor McCann has published widely in scholarly journals has both authored and edited several books. Two of these books, Rights at Work: Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization (1994) and Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis (with Bill Haltom)(2004) have between them won six major book awards from professional academic associations, including the Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law & Society Association and C. Herman Pritchett Prize from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. Professor McCann has held previous fellowships from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in 1998, and from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2007-2008. He has served in many capacities in the Law & Society Association and was elected President for the 2011-2013 term. He is presently working on two books in collaboration with colleagues. One, titled, A Union by Law: Filipino Cannery Workers and the Transpacific Struggle for Equal Rights, 1921-1991, has been funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation. A second book has the working title of Legal Mobilization: On the Dialectics of Rights Politics in Historical Perspective.

Arzoo Osanloo

Arzoo Osanloo is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Law, Societies, and Justice Program. In addition, she holds adjunct positions in the School of Law, and the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Religion, Near East Languages and Civilization and Women’s Studies. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Formerly an immigration and asylum/refugee attorney, Professor Osanloo conducts research and teaches courses focusing on the intersection of law and culture, including human rights, refugee rights and identity, and women’s rights in Muslim societies. Her geographical focus is on the Middle East, especially Iran. Her book, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (2009), is published by Princeton University Press and she has published in anthropology and interdisciplinary journals. She is currently working on a new project that considers the Islamic mandate of forgiveness, compassion, and mercy in Iran’s criminal sanctioning system, jurisprudential scholarship and everyday acts among pious Muslims.

Camille Robcis

Camille Robcis is an Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. She has taught courses on modern French history, intellectual history, historiography, gender and sexuality, psychoanalysis, and European social and political thought. Robcis received her B.A. in History and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and her Ph.D. in History from Cornell. After completing her doctorate in 2007, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum. Her scholarship has focused on three broad issues: the relationships among intellectuals, ideas, and politics; the historical construction of norms; and the articulation of universalism and difference in the context of modern France. While at LAPA, Robcis will be revising her book manuscript: The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Politics of the Family in Twentieth-Century France, in which she examines how French policy makers have called upon structuralist anthropology and psychoanalysis (specifically, the works of Claude Levi-Strauss and Jacques Lacan) to reassert the centrality of sexual difference as the foundation for all social and psychic organization. She is also beginning a new project called The Return of Republicanism, about French intellectual life in 1980s. She will be the Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and the Humanities.