2016 - 2018 Trustees


Hadar Aviram is Professor of Law and holds the Harry and Lillian Hastings Research Chair at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She holds an LL.B. (magna cum laude) and a M.A. (criminology, summa cum laude) from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD (Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Regents fellow, Fulbright Fellow, Dissertation Year Award) from University of California, Berkeley. She has taught and conducted research at Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her work examines criminal justice and social control—policing, courtroom practices, and corrections—through a social science lens, combining quantitative, qualitative, and experimental methods. Aviram’s book Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (UC Press, 2015) examines the impact of the Great Recession on the American correctional landscape. Her publications have appeared in Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Law and Policy, the Annals of Law and Social Science, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Hastings Law Review, the Fordham Urban Law Review, and the St. John’s Law Review, among other journals. In addition, Aviram is a frequent media commentator on criminal justice issues; she runs the California Correctional Crisis blog and also writes for PrawfsBlawg and for Life of the Law, on whose advisory committee she serves. Aviram has served as Chair of the LSA Herbert Jacob Book Prize committee (2014-2015), was a member of the LSA International Scholarship Award committee (2013-2014), has chaired numerous paper panels, service panels, and roundtables at LSA annual meetings, has frequently reviewed articles for LSR, and co-directs, with Ben Fleury-Steiner, CRN 27: Punishment & Society. Aviram is particularly enthusiastic about promoting rigorous methodological excellence among LSA scholars, welcoming non-North-American scholars into LSA, and enhancing the accessibility and social media profile of law and society scholarship.


Vanessa Barker is Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University and currently an academic visitor at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford (2015-2016). Her research has focused on questions about democracy and penal order, the role of trust and penal reform, how and why Nordic welfare states rely on criminal law and penal sanctions to manage migration and ethnic diversity, and how border control is changing European penality and challenging human rights principles. Her research has been funded in part by the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Sciences program and has appeared in such outlets as Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Theoretical Criminology, Punishment Society and edited volumes.She is the author of The Politics of Punishment: How the Democratic Process Shapes the Way America Punishes Offenders (Oxford University Press, 2009), which received a PASS award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. She serves on the editorial boards of Law & Society Review and Theoretical Criminology and is book review editor (outside North America) for Punishment & Society. She participates in several international research networks including: CRN on Punishment & Social Control; CRN on Citizenship & Immigration; Border Criminologies; and the Imprisonment Observatory. She is on the Research Advisory Group for the Howard League for Penal Reform (UK) and a former and founding Board member of Project 180, a prisoner reentry organization based in Florida. She graduated from New York University (2004), previously worked at Florida State University, teaching courses on law and society and comparative criminology, and is a former Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) fellow at Princeton University (2006-2007). She is a member of the Law & Society Association and recently served on the LSA Article Award Committee (2015). She supports the internationalization of the LSA, increased member participation and increased diversity.


Eve Darian-Smith is professor and chair in the Department of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, and adjunct professor at RegNet, Australian National University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar and her research engages with issues of legal pluralism and is empirically grounded in the reality of peoples' everyday lives and practices. She holds a LLB/BA (Hons History) from the University of Melbourne and a MA (Harvard) and PhD (Chicago) in socio-cultural anthropology. She has been an active member of the Law & Society Association since 1992 and is committed to furthering ethnic and geographic diversity within its membership and encouraging the participation of minority and international scholars. To this end she was recently involved in the 50th Anniversary Committee and worked with Dave Trubek and Greg Shaffer to bring junior scholars to the annual meeting supported by travel grants. She has also been involved in fostering an African sociolegal network and helped secure LSA funds for an international meeting which will take place in Cape Town in 2016.

Eve has served on many LSA committees. She was the chair of LSA's Summer Institute in 1999 and 2007, writing successful NSF grants on both occasions to support these programs. In 2010 and 2013 she chaired the Early Career Workshop. She has also served as chair/member of the Nominations Committee 1998; Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee 2001, 2002; Summer Institute Planning Committee 1997, 2005-8; International Scholarship Prize 2009; Audit Committee 2010-13; and the Ron Pipkin Service Award 2013. In 2008 she launched with Nick Buchanan a new LSA Collaborative Research Network on Law and Indigeneity.
Eve’s research has been supported by five NSF grants and she has published numerous books, edited volumes and articles. Her first book, Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe, was the winner of the LSA Herbert Jacob Book Prize in 2000. Her most recent book Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (2013) won the International Book Award in law. She has been on the editorial boards of leading sociolegal journals including Studies in Law, Politics and Society; Social and Legal Studies; Political and Legal Anthropology Review; Law & Social Inquiry; Canadian Journal of Law and Society, and she is a former associate editor of the Law & Society Review.


Ronit Dinovitzer is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where she is cross appointed to the Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI). She is also a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, where she is Co-Director of the Research Group on Legal Diversity, and Affiliated Faculty in Harvard's Program on the Legal Profession. Through her research on the legalprofession, Ronit draws together analyses of the professions with research in social policy, including the social organization of lawyers, the context of labor markets, and the role of diversity in professional careers. She has pursued this work through her involvement with the After the JD project, the first national longitudinal study of law graduates in the US, and the Law and Beyond Study, the first national study of law graduates in Canada.She is also studying the role of ethical decision-making and professional autonomy, through a qualitative project on the ways in which corporate lawyers interact with their clients. Along with her coauthors Hugh Gunz and Sally Gunz, she is the winner of the Journal of Professions and Organization's 2014/15 best paper award.She has served on a number of LSA committees, including the 2016 Program Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Workshop Committee (2009), and as a member of the Article Prize Committee (2006), International Prize Committee (2007), and Graduate Student Workshop Committee (2008) and Program Committee (2004).


Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law.  She is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award and former Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation.  Van Cleve is the current co-chair of LSA’s Collaborative Research Network on Critical Research on Race and the Law.  Her service to LSA includes: The 2016 Annual Meeting Program Committee, the 2015 Early Career Workshop Committee, and the 2014 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee.

Van Cleve received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was a legal studies fellow. Her work examines the cultural impact of mass incarceration on criminal justice apparatuses. She explores the contradictory ways that racial stigma is reproduced by these institutions in a purportedly, “colorblind” era.  Her current book projectis under contract with Stanford University Press and examines some of the classic questions about how our criminal courts function by engaging race as a central variable.  She shows how color-blind legal institutions reproduce racial bias, systematically, and under the guise of procedural justice.  Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Van Cleve served in The Office of the Chief of Staff at the White House during the Clinton Administration and subsequently worked for five years as a Consumer Brand Planner for Leo Burnett, USA.  She is the outgoing Research Director for Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice - a policy/nonprofit organization that specialized in legal advocacy. 


Fiona Kay is Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University in Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Her research has focused on diversity in the legal profession and explored issues of: mentorship, earnings inequities, promotions and retention, clientele relations, and jurisdictional disputes among legal professionals. Her ongoing projects include a longitudinal study of legal careers in Canada, a study of racial minorities in large U.S. law firms (with Elizabeth Gorman), and a study of access to justice with a focus on lawyers’ pro bono legal service. She has published in various outlets, including American Sociological Review, Law & Society Review, Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, and Law & Policy.  She has consulted to bar associations and law firms on diversity issues and workplace accommodation policies. Fiona has been an active member of the Law and Society Association since her graduate studies when she attended the conference graduate student workshop in Amsterdam (1991) and the junior career workshop in Niagara-on-the-Lake (1995). She has served on various LSA committees, including: the Best Article Award Committee (2007, 2008), Jacob Book Prize Committee (2005), Conference Program Committee (Vancouver 2002), Membership and Professional Issues Committee (2010), Stanley Wheeler Mentorship Prize Committee (2013). She has served on the Board of Trustees (2009-12) and co-chaired the Graduate Student Workshop (2014). She has also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Law & Society Review (2007-10) and as a council member (2004-2007, 2011-13) of the Sociology of Law Section, ASA.


Jothie Rajah is Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. She received her LL.B and BA from the National University in Singapore. Her Ph.D was awarded by Melbourne Law School, Australia. Broadly speaking, her scholarship attends to the enmeshments of law, language and power. She is the author of Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Her articles have been published in Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Law/Text/Culture, Law & Social Inquiry, the Annual Review of Law and Social Science (with Elizabeth Mertz), and various book collections. Her current project is a study of post-9/11 discourses on the rule of law in relation to, first, indicators measuring countries on their rule of law performances, and second, narratives and images in news and entertainment media.

Before joining the American Bar Foundation, she has taught at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Melbourne Law School. More recently, she has taught at the King’s College (London) Transnational Law Summer Institute and the Helsinki Law School’s Summer Institute. Together with Wes Pue and Binyamin Blum, she was a founding member of CRN 15, British Colonial Legalities.


Carole Silver is Professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University School of Law.  Previously, she was Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law; while at Indiana, she also served as Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which has gathered data from law students at schools in the United States, Canada and Australia about their experiences, relationships and perceptions of learning during law school.  Earlier, she was the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center.   Carole’s research explores the role of globalization in the legal profession and legal education; she uses multi-methods to consider issues related to gender and diversity, regulation and organizational strategy in these contexts.  Among her current work is a continuing study of the role of international legal education in lawyers’ careers.  Her Law & Society activities include organizing an IRC on women in global legal practice for the Law & Society Annual Meeting in Honolulu, arranging for the publication of participants’ papers in a symposium issue of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (in 2013), and serving as a member of the Kalven Award Committee (2015).   Beyond LSA, she is an organizing member of the newly-established (provisionally approved) Section on East-Asian Law & Society of the Association of American Law Schools, of which she is the chair-elect; International Research Fellow of the Novak Druce Center for Professional Service Firms at Saïd Business School, Oxford University; member of the American Bar Association Task for on International Trade in Legal Services; and editorial board member of the Journal of Professions and Organization.