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LAPA Announces 2011-2012 Fellows

Diverse class of fellows chosen from over 130 applicants

The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University is pleased to announce its fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year. They are:

  • Bernadette Atuahene, Chicago-Kent Law School and the American Bar Foundation;
  • Michael Herz, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University;
  • Tayyab Mahmud, Seattle University School of Law;
  • Michael McCann, University of Washington Department of Political Science, Comparative Law and Society Studies Program, and the Law, Societies and Justice Program;
  • Arzoo Osanloo, University of Washington, Law, Societies and Justice Program;
  • Camille Robcis, Cornell University Department of History.

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, 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.

"This class of fellows is unusually diverse in the range of countries they study and in the spectrum of disciplines they represent," said Kim Lane Scheppele, LAPA's Director. "The fellows have a strong suit in issues of law and development, with scholars who focus on South Africa, Pakistan and Iran. In addition, we are pleased to welcome a strong empirical focus in the group, as the new fellows have done fieldwork in difficult places, archival research in far corners of the world and law-and-society scholarship in the U. S. and elsewhere. Along the way, all are steeped in studying the law from different angles and in different places. Each new fellow has much to contribute to the academic life of Princeton. We are excited to have them join us."

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 2011-2012 Fellows are:

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.

Michael Herz is the Arthur Kaplan Professor of Law and Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where he teaches primarily in the areas of administrative, environmental, and constitutional law. He was Cardozo's Vice Dean from 1996-2000 and 2006-2009. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Herz served as law clerk to Chief Judge Levin Campbell of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and to Justice Byron R. White of the United States Supreme Court. He joined the Cardozo faculty in 1988 after three years as an attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund in New York City. He has twice been a Visiting Professor at the NYU School of Law and has also taught at Columbia Law School and at the Woodrow Wilson School. Professor Herz is a long-time and active member of the ABA's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice; in 2011-2012 he will be Chair of the Section. He is also a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Professor Herz has written widely on a variety of public law topics. His current research is focused on the intersection of technology and the administrative state. He will be the Microsoft/LAPA Fellow in Law, Property and the Economic Organization of Society.

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 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 BillHaltom)(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 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 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.