2015 - 2017 Trustees


Claudia Maria Barbosa is Professor of Constitutional Law at the Graduate Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Brazil. She graduated from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, where she also received her Master and PhD degrees.  Her PhD thesis includes a comparison between the Canadian and Brazilian legal systems in relation to constitutional review and the judicial activism, partially developed at the Université de Montréal, Canada.  She was a visiting Professor at the School of Public Policies and Law at the York University, Toronto, Canada. Her research areas are judicial politics and administration of justice, constitutionalism and democracy, and conditions of effectiveness of the Justice in Brazil. She leads the research group "Justice, Democracy and Human Rights" at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Brazilian research Agency. She is also co-founder and leader of the Brazilian Institute of Judicial Administration System - IBRAJUS, and member of the Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos – ILSA Latin American Institute for an Alternative Society and Alternative Law, Colombia. She provides technical assistance and advice on constitutional law, education and administration of justice. Recent publication include the organization of the book Acesso à Justiça II, (Florianópolis, Conpedi) and the paper A Legitimidade do exercício da jurisdição constitucional no contexto de judicialização da política (Curitiba, Appris, 2013, p. 171-194). Her CV can be reached at: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0016091493799961


Keebet von  Benda-Beckmann is professor emeritus and was until 2012 head of the Project Group Legal Pluralism at  the  Max  Planck  Institute  for  Social  Anthropology in Halle, Germany. She also is an honorary professor at the Universities of Leipzig and Halle. Before coming to Halle in 2000 she held a personal professorship in the anthropology of law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she also was Vice-Director of the Sanders Research Institute and Dean of Ph.D. students of the Faculty of Law. She has done field research in Indonesia (West Sumatra and the Moluccas), and in the Netherlands. She has published widely on legal pluralism, exploring its temporal and spatial dimensions. Her publications address issues of dispute management, property, social (in) security, law and religion, natural resource management, and decentralisation in Indonesia. During the nineteen nineties she supervised research funded by the Ford Foundation on water rights in Nepal and during her work in Halle she supervised a comparative research project on social security and the local state in Hungary Serbia, and Rumania, financed by the Volkswagen Foundation. In 2013 the book covering ten years of research on processes of constitutional change and decentralisation in West Sumatra, Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity, which she wrote together with F. von Benda-Beckmann, was published with Cambridge University Press. Over a period of nine years she served on the Dutch Advisory Council of International Affairs and its Commission on Human Rights. She is a former president and current member of the executive body of the Commission on Legal Pluralism. She is an editor of the Journal of Legal Pluralism and serves on the editorial board of Focaal, Sociologus, Zeitschrift für empirische Ethnosoziologie und Ethnopsychologie/Journal for Empirical Social Anthropology, and the Australian Journal of Asian Law.


Ben Fleury-Steiner is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at University of Delaware.  For the past fifteen years, his research has focused on the following question:  How are racial ideology and other forms of social marginality and structural violence (e.g., poverty, homelessness) implicated in the legal system and informal systems of social control?  Fleury-Steiner’s publications include “Narratives of the Death Sentence: Towards a Theory of Legal Narrativity” (Law & Society Review, 2002); The New Civil Rights Research: A Constitutive Approach co-edited with Laura Beth Nielsen (Ashgate, 2006) and winner of the 2008 Choice Magazine Outstanding Title in Law and Society; Dying Inside: The HIV/AIDS Ward at Limestone Prison (University of Michigan Press, 2008); Disposable Heroes: America’s Betrayal of African-American Veterans (Rowman and Littlefield, 2012) and; The Pains of Mass Imprisonment Co-authored with Jamie Longazel (Routledge, 2013).  He has served on the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry and currently serves on the editorial boards of Punishment & Society, Race & Justice, and Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society (CCJLS).  Ben has been a member of the Law & Society Association since 1995 and has served on numerous association committees, including the Herbert Jacobs Book Award Committee (Member, 2013-2014); LSA Nominations Committee (Member, 2012); LSA Early Career Workshop (Chair, 2011); LSA Conference Planning Committee (Member, 2007); LSA Conditions of Work Committee (Chair, 2004-2006); and the LSA Diversity Committee (Chair, 2002-2003).  Currently, Fleury-Steiner co-organizes with Hadar Aviram CRN 27: Punishment & Social Control.


Jon Gould is presently a director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation, where he is on leave from American University.  He is a professor in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology (JLC) and in the Washington College of Law at American University.  He has served as department chair for JLC and as director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research.  Previously, he spent 12 years at George Mason University as an assistant and then associate professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and as director of the Center for Justice, Law and Society.  Jon’s research is both eclectic and firmly rooted in the sphere of law and society, encompassing such issues as free speech, social movements, legal change, police power, and erroneous convictions.  His book, Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation (University of Chicago Press) won the Herbert Jacob Award from the Law and Society Association, and his work has appeared in such outlets as the Law and Society Review, Law and Policy, and Annual Review of Law and Social Science, among others.  He has previously served as an advisory editor for Law and Society Review, Judicature, and the Justice System Journal.  Jon is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow.  He also has won the social activist award from the Justice Studies Association.  Within LSA, Jon has served as chair of committees covering membership, outreach, and the Jacob Prize and has helped to inaugurate the Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association.  As past president of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs, he has worked with LSA to address the challenges facing undergraduate sociolegal studies programs.  He hopes to continue this work as a member of LSA’s Board of Trustees.


Bronwen Morgan is currently Professor of Law at UNSW Australia on a four-year mid-career research fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council. She holds a Ph.D. (2000) from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Department at the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree (1991) and B.A. in English and French Literature (1988) from the University of Sydney, Australia. She has also taught at the University of Bristol, UK and the University of Oxford, UK. Her research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts (e.g. Understanding the Rise of the Regulatory State of the South (OUP 2013, edited with N.Dubash), and more recently on the interaction between regulation and rights, especially in the context of social activism and claims for social and economic human rights (e.g. Water on Tap (CUP 2011). Her current research has two strands: one on legal support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change in Australia and the UK, and the other on sub-national and local dimensions of climate change policy in developing countries, particularly India and South Africa.

Bronwen has been a past Trustee of the Law and Society Association (2007-2010) and a past Executive Member of the UK Socio-legal Studies Association. She is a co-editor of the Cambridge University Law in Context book series, and serves on the boards of a number of interdisciplinary journals including Economy and Society, Regulation and Governance, Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, and International Journal of Law in Context. Together with Jonathan Klaaren and Eve Darian-Smith, she secured NSF funding for three sequential Summer Institutes (in the UK, South Africa, Oxford, and the US, 2005-2008) on the theme of The Intersection of Rights and Regulation. She chaired the 2005 Summer Institute held at the University of Oxford and edited a 2007 volume of essays published by early career scholars from that Institute. She has attended Law & Society Association meetings regularly since 1993, and in addition to her past work as a Trustee, has served on the Summer Institute Committee (2004-2006), the International Activities Committee (2005-2006; 2012-2014) the Program Committee for the 2007 Annual LSA Meeting in Berlin (2005-2007), and the Program Committee for the LSA 2015 Meeting in Seattle. She is committed to fostering opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and graduate education, and to supporting the ongoing evolution of various aspects of ‘internationalisation’ in LSA.


Leslye Obiora is a tenured and full Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. She served as the Minister of Mines and Steel for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship at Princeton, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She nominated as the Coca Cola World Fund Visiting Faculty at Yale University in 2009; she has been the Genest Global Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and the Visiting Gladstein Human Rights Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Obiora has worked in a range of roles for the Law and Society Association, including serving on the governing Board, Program Committee, International Activities Committee, Wheeler Award Committee, and the International Scholarship Prize Committee.

A seasoned writer and compelling speaker, Professor Obiora read law at the University of Nigeria and obtained her graduate degrees from Yale and Stanford Law Schools. She is the founder of the Institute for Research on African Women, Children and Culture and the convener of several initiatives, including the Leadership Enterprise for African Development (LEAD), Platform for African Diaspora Youth (PADY), and Stimulating Philanthropy in Nigeria (SPIN).


Arzoo Osanloo is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Law, Societies, and Justice Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she practiced human rights law in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco for six years. Her practice included asylum and refugee law and immigration. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of law and cultural practice, especially with respect to human rights. Through her publications and courses, Arzoo seeks to open new analytical avenues for exploring the politics of human rights in international and non-U.S. contexts. Her courses include women’s rights in Muslim contexts, the politics of refugee and asylum laws, and post-conflict remedies and reconciliation. Her research and publications focus on everyday practices of rights in Iranian family and criminal legal contexts, where she has gained unprecedented access to the criminal courts. Her first book, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (Princeton University Press, 2009), analyzes the politicization of 'rights talk' and women’s subjectivities in Iran. She is currently working on a manuscript that examines the Islamic mandate of mercy and how it takes shape in Iran’s criminal sanctioning system. This research considers the possibilities of reconciliation in post-conflict settings and has been supported by a grant from the Fetzer Institute. Expanding these ideas beyond Iran, in 2014, Arzoo organized a symposium on forgiveness and reconciliation in diverse Muslim legal settings at the University of Washington. Her publications appear in numerous edited volumes and peer-reviewed academic journals, including Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies,Cultural Anthropology, and American Ethnologist. Among her awards, Arzoo has received fellowships from Princeton’s Law and Public Affairs Program and NYU’s International Center for Advanced Study. She has been an active member of the Law and Society Association, having served on the International Activities Committee and the International Scholarship Prize Committee. Beyond LSA, she serves on a number of advisory, review, and editorial boards.


Mary Nell Trautner is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where she is also Director of Undergraduate Studies. She earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Arizona in 2006. Her current law and society research spans a range of topics, including analyses of gender, race, and class in tales about the “litigation lottery”; physical appearance bias and employment discrimination; prosecutors as cause lawyers; living wage policies; and sexual aggression in bars. She will soon begin an NSF-funded study of how families make legal decisions about their children’s birth injuries. Mary Nell is a current member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee (2014-15), and has served as Chair of the Committee on Student Awards (2013-14), member of the Committee on Student Awards (2012-13), member of the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee (2011-12), member of the Dissertation Prize Committee (2010-11), and a member of the Graduate Student Workshop Committee (2009-10).