Previous Fellows - 2013-2014

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 2013-2014 R-L: Daniel LaChance, Leslie Gerwin, Georg Nolte, Bertrall Ross, Jennifer Bolton, David Lieberman, Gabor Halmai, Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez, R. Daniel Kelemen, George Bustin, Judi Rivkin, Paul Frymer

Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez , Visiting Research Scholar, LAPA/Crane Fellow
R. Daniel Kelemen , Visiting Research Scholar
Daniel LaChance , Visiting Associate Research Scholar, LAPA/Perkins Fellow
David Lieberman , Visiting Research Scholar
Georg Nolte , Visiting Research Scholar
Bertrall Ross , Visiting Associate Research Scholar

Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez

A graduate from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez holds a law degree (DEA Droit public comparé) and a PhD from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. After a post-doctoral year at Northwestern University in Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar, she was appointed as an Assistant Professor (maître de conferences, 2001) at Paris I-Sorbonne, and then as a full professor (Professeur agrégé) at University Paris 12 Créteil (2002-2007) and now at University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (since 2010). From 2007 to 2010, she was a Marie Curie Fellow (7th Framework Program of the European Union) at the Robert Schuman Center of the European University Institute in Florence. At Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Hennette-Vauchez teaches Human Rights law and Legal theory, and is the head of the Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law.

Hennette-Vauchez's research focuses mostly on Bioethics, Gender, and the theory and sociology of human rights law. She is the scientific coordinator of the REGINE project (Recherches et Etudes sur le Genre et les Inégalités dans les Normes en Europe: funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche), that looks at law and gender equality in Europe.

R. Daniel Kelemen

R. Daniel Kelemen is Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at Rutgers University. His research interests include the politics of the European Union, law and politics, comparative political economy, and comparative public policy. He is the author of two books - Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union (Harvard University Press, 2011) and The Rules of Federalism: Institutions and Regulatory Politics in the EU and Beyond (Harvard University Press, 2004), as well as over forty journal articles and book chapters. He is also co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Power of the European Court of Justice (Routledge 2012). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of European Public Policy and West European Politics and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association. Prior to Rutgers, Kelemen was Fellow in Politics, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, a Fulbright Fellow in European Union Studies at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels and a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was educated at Berkeley (A.B. in Sociology) and Stanford (M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science).

Daniel LaChance

Daniel LaChance is an Assistant Professor of History at Emory University. LaChance earned his B.A. in English from Carleton College and his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His scholarship has focused, to date, on the sources, meaning, and implications of the "punitive turn" in the United States, the ratcheting up of incarceration and other forms of harsh punishment in the late 20'" century. In 2011, his dissertation, "Condemned to Be Free: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States, 1945-Present" won the University of Minnesota's Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities and was one of two finalists for the Distinguished Dissertation Award given by the National Council of Graduate Schools. The work, currently being revised for publication as a book by the University of Chicago Press, examines the ideas, myths, and forces that underlay the revival of the American death penalty in the last three decades of the twentieth century. It argues that distrust of the state's use of disciplinary forms of power played a crucial and under-examined role in the American demand for capital punishment. Amid a larger neoliberal transformation of the political, cultural, and economic landscape, discourse about capital punishment legitimized the state's withdrawal of its claim to being the central provider of social, economic, and personal security. At LAPA, LaChance plans to finish the revision of his book manuscript and embark on a new project, a legal, cultural, and intellectual history of the deinstitutionalization of the mentally disabled and the mentally ill in the United States.

David Lieberman

David Lieberman received his undergraduate and graduate training in history at Cambridge University and University College London. Since 1984, he has taught in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

Lieberman’s teaching and writing focus the history of legal ideas. His chief interests are less with the history of jurisprudence narrowly conceived than with the manner in which law and legal theory influence other bodies of thought, such as the social sciences and political theory. In recent writing he has explored the impact of jurisprudence on the early history of political economy and on constitutional theory at the time of the American and French Revolutions.  In 2007, he published a critical edition of Jean Louis Delolme’s 1771 treatise, The Constitution of England; or, An Account of the English Government.  His major current project is a study of the program for democratic statecraft set out in Jeremy Bentham’s Constitutional Code and related writings of the period 1815-32.

Lieberman served as Associate Dean of Berkeley Law from 2000-04.  He is the former director of  Berkeley’s Kadish Center for Morality Law and Public Affairs; a past president of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies; and former treasurer and co-founder of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs.  As a visiting professor, he has taught at Zhengzhou University (Zhengzhou, China); Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea); Tel Aviv University (Israel) and the University of Chicago.


Georg Nolte

Georg Nolte is a law professor at Hum­boldt University Berlin. He teaches international law, German and comparative constitutional law, and European law. His research interests focus on general questions of international law at the intersection of political science. As a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations he combines theory and practice. His recent pub­lica­tions in­clude ‘The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary’, Oxford 2012, (co.-ed. with Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan und Andreas Paulus). Georg Nolte earned his doctorate and his “Habilitation” at the University of Heidelberg. Before going to Berlin he was professor at the Uni­ver­sities of Munich and Göttingen, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and at the Wissenschafts­kolleg zu Berlin (Centre for Advanced Stu­dies, Berlin), as well as Visiting Professor at Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas). From 2000-2007 he was a member of the European Commission for De­mo­cracy through Law of the Council of Europe (‘Venice Commission’). At Princeton he will be working on the informal development of treaties and their interpretation through the subsequent practice of their par­ties.

Bertrall Ross

Bertrall Ross is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  His research is driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and the political inclusion of marginalized communities.  Methodologically, he seeks to integrate history, political theory and empirical social science in examining the U.S. Constitution, legal doctrine, and the institutional role of courts in democratic design.  In his current scholarship, Ross is exploring how evolving conceptions of politics have influenced the Supreme Court's equal protection jurisprudence.   He is also undertaking an empirical project that seeks to challenge the Supreme Court's assumptions about the political power of the poor.   His past scholarship is in the areas of statutory interpretation, voting rights, and democratic design. As a LAPA Fellow, Ross will work on a book exploring the original meaning of the Fifteenth Amendment's prohibition on the discriminatory denial of the right to vote. Ross earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and an MA from the London School of Economics. He also has a Master's in Public Affairs (MPA 03) from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.   Prior to joining Berkeley Law, he was a Kellis Parker Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.