2017 - 2019 Trustees


Andrea Ballestero is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rice University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California-Irvine, an MS in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a BA in Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (Costa Rica).  Her work looks at everyday experiences of the law, its making and application, in spaces where it intersects with economy and science. She is particularly interested in economic and social human rights, the open-ended nature of regulation, and the governance of water. She is finishing a book that looks at the implementation of the human right to water in Latin America and has published essays in the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (POLAR), Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, American Ethnologist and a variety of edited volumes. Her research has been funded by NSF-Law and Social Sciences and Cultural Anthropology programs, the Wenner Gren foundation, UC Berkley’s Human Rights Center, and a number of UC-Irvine research centers. Since her graduate school days, the Law and Society Association has been a fundamental intellectual home for Ballestero’s scholarship. She has benefited from the mentorship and collegiality of the law and society community and is happy and ready to contribute to the Association’s growth as a trustee.  She brings to the board first hand experience with international academic collaborations, a commitment to interdisciplinary thinking, and an interest in the cross-pollination of concepts across methodological divides. Ballestero has served the LSA as a member of the Best Article Committee (2015) and as founder, panel co-chair, and co-chair in three CRNs --Post Abyssal Collaborative Thought; Transparency; and Ethnography, Law and Society. Outside of the LSA she has been involved with the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology where she has chaired the Book Prize competition twice (2015 and 2016) and the graduate mentoring program (2007-09).


Lynette J. Chua is Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. (Jurisprudence & Social Policy) from University of California, Berkeley, an LL.B. (first-class honors) from the National University of Singapore, and B.Sc. (journalism, summa cum laude) from Ohio University. Her research examines the relationship among law, social change, and social movements, with a particular focus on Asian sites. She is writing a book, based on ethnographic fieldwork, that examines how human rights are collectively mobilized, how they relate to larger social forces, and how relationships that people have with and through human rights perpetuate their practice and construct their meanings in Myanmar's nascent sexual minority rights movement, before and during the country's political transition. Her 2015 Law & Society Review article, based on an earlier phase of the research, was awarded the 2016 Article Prize by the Socio-legal Studies Association in the United Kingdom. Her first book, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (Temple University Press, 2014), analyzes the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of Singapore's gay rights movement, and explores the complex role of law and meanings of rights. The book was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, and the 2015 Book Accolade for Ground-breaking Matter from the International Convention of Asian Scholars. Her 2012 article in Law & Society Review, based on the Singaporean fieldwork and research, was awarded an honorable mention for the 2013 LSA Article Prize. Chua's publications have appeared in Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Asian Journal of Law & Society, Journal of Law & Courts, Human Rights Quarterly, and Ethnic & Racial Studies, among other journals. Chua has served on the LSA Program Committee and coordinated the service panels for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Professional Development Committee (2015-2016), International Scholarship Award Committee (2013), and International Activities Committee (2013 and 2014). She co-directs, with Steven Boutcher, CRN 21: Law & Social Movements. She has also chaired paper panels and participated on service panels at LSA annual meetings, as well as frequently reviewed articles for Law and Society Review.


Rachel Cichowski is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science with a joint appointment in the Law, Societies and Justice Program at the University of Washington. She holds adjunct faculty positions in the School of Law and Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and is past Director of the UW Comparative Law & Society Studies Center (2010-2015).  She holds a PhD in political science from UC Irvine where she was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy.  Cichowski has held visiting positions at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (1998-99), the Max Planck Institute, Bonn, Germany (2000), UW Rome Center, Rome, Italy (2003, 2005) and at the Laboratory on International Law & Regulation at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy & Strategy (2015-16).  Her primary research interests include international law and courts, legal mobilization, comparative constitutionalism, and human rights.  Her research has been funded by the German Marshall Fund, MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation.  She is author of The European Court and Civil Society (Cambridge University Press, 2007, winner of the APSA 2008 Best Book Award, European Politics & Society Section) and co-edited Law, Politics and Society(Oxford University Press, 2003)Her research is also published in edited volumes and in various journals, including Law & Society Review, Comparative Political StudiesCanadian Journal of Law & Society, Journal of European Public Policy, and Women & Politics.  She has enjoyed serving the Law & Society Association as a frequent reviewer for the Law & Society Review, active participant in annual conferences serving as panel chair, discussant and service panel presenter and as Early Career Workshop Committee member (2016) and Subcommittee on Graduate Programs member (2011-2013) and the broader socio-legal community as a member of the West Coast Law & Society Retreat Program Committee (2016).  She is enthusiastic about encouraging and engaging graduate student and early career faculty participation in LSA.


Howard Erlanger is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served as Director of the Institute for Legal Studies (1999-2013) and of the undergraduate Legal Studies Program (2007-2013). He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has been active in LSA for close to 50 years, was President (2003-2005), received the Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award (2010), and has served on the Budget and Finance Committee since its inception in 2008. Since 1982 he has been Review Section Editor of Law and Social Inquiry, where he has solicited and edited over 500 article-length review essays. In that role, he has placed special emphasis on representing multiple perspectives and methodologies and on working with new scholars in the field. His research has focused primarily on the careers of lawyers in public interest practice, the socialization of law students, and the role of professionals in organizational dispute resolution in and compliance with legal mandates.


Susan F. Hirsch, a cultural anthropologist, is Professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her degrees in anthropology are from Yale (B.A. 1982) and Duke (PhD 1990). From 1990-2004, she taught at Wesleyan University (CT). Susan is committed to raising the profile of law and society scholarship in related academic fields, such as transitional justice, conflict resolution and peace studies, feminist and gender studies, and interdisciplinary studies of social justice. Susan’s involvement in LSA began in 1988, when she attended the very first graduate student workshop; the following two years she served on the ABA/LSA Student Workshop Planning Committee (1989 and 1990). Six times she has been on the Planning Committee for the LSA Annual meeting (1993, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2013). She served twice as a Trustee on the LSA Board (Class of 1992-94 and Class of 2006-2008). Her other committee service includes Nominations (1995 and 2014), International Participation (2005-2008), and International Participation-Africa (1994-96). In 2012, she chaired the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee (2012). Susan has been on the editorial boards of Law and Society Review, American Ethnologist, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review, which she edited from 1999 to 2002. She co-edits the book series Studies in Conflict, Justice, and Social Change (Ohio University Press). Other sociolegal service includes the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (President 2010-2011 and multiple years on the Executive Board); the National Science Foundation Law and Social Sciences Program (panel member for multiple years) and Chair and Member of its Committee of Visitors. Other affiliations include the World Justice Project Scholar’s Consortium, Humanitarian Dialogues (Geneva), and the President of Malta’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. Susan’s early scholarship in legal anthropology was based on years of ethnography in Kenya and Tanzania. Her book In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief and a Victim’s Quest for Justice won the 2008 Herbert Jacob Prize. Her subsequent publications focus on international criminal law, transitional justice, and gender-based violence. A longtime personal commitment to the environment led Susan to co-write a 2013 book about law’s role in conflicts over Appalachian coal mining. In 2015-16, Susan held a Fulbright Fellowship titled Advancing Sociolegal Studies in Malta, where she co-directs an international MS program. Susan’s latest NSF-funded research focuses on rule of law and the integration of religious minorities in Malta and Kenya.


Destiny Peery is an Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she has been since 2014. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke Law School. Peery holds a JD and PhD in social psychology from Northwestern University. Her research is focused at the intersection of race, psychology, and law, with an emphasis on applying basic social psychological theory to understanding areas of law where race is most salient, including anti-discrimination law and criminal law. A recent set of projects, for example, focus on theoretically and experimentally examining perceptions and definitions of discrimination and race and their effects on anti-discrimination law and policy. Another project has looked at incorporating psychological theories of bias, including implicit bias, into legal doctrines, including anti-discrimination law and criminal justice and policing. Her work has been published in top psychology journals, such as Psychological Science and Social Cognition, and law reviews, such as Cardozo Law Review. She also has a forthcoming piece in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Peery served as a member of the 2016 LSA Association Program Committee, and as a Trustee, she would be committed to working with fellow board members and the executive committee to build upon the successes of LSA by advocating for positive changes that will allow LSA to evolve and grow into the future.


Ashley Rubin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and holds a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research examines the dynamics of penal change and stasis throughout history. Her recent work mobilizes organizational theory to explain the diffusion and operation of nineteenth-century American prisons. She is currently writing a monograph on Eastern State Penitentiary, the Pennsylvania prison that defied national standards by publicly retaining its system of long-term solitary confinement, despite substantial criticism and other pressures to change. This manuscript interrogates what it means to analyze prisons as organizations, complicates the role of prison administrators in historiography, and theorizes exceptionalism within isomorphic fields. Her research has been published in Law & Society ReviewLaw & Social InquiryTheoretical Criminology, and Punishment & Society. She is currently editing a special issue of Social Justice on interdisciplinary studies of penal history. For the past several years, she has organized panels at LSA and the American Society of Criminology for historical and qualitative studies of punishment. Since 2015, she has served as the co-organizer (with Hadar Aviram) of CRN 27, Punishment & Society. Ashley is passionate about encouraging connections among graduate students and junior faculty with similar areas of interest for networking, professional socialization, and research exchange. She is particularly interested in facilitating formal exchanges for junior scholars whose home institutions lack support for the interdisciplinary study of law and society.


Kathryne M. Young is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches courses on social psychology, policing, surveillance, juries, gender, and the sociology of law.  She holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University, where she won the Cilker Teaching Award and was selected as a DARE Diversity Scholar.  Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, Young’s research engages with questions of legal consciousness, race and class in the criminal justice system, rights assertion, criminal procedure, legitimacy, entitlement, and bias.  Her most recent research project combines the first-ever interviews of California Parole Commissioners with quantitative parole data, examining the sociological and legal conditions that predict parole release for the state’s vast population of lifer inmates. Young's previous project, an ethnographic study of Hawaiian cockfighters’ responses to policing, received the Law & Society Association’s 2015 Article Award, as well as the American Sociological Association’s 2015 award for Outstanding Article in the Sociology of Law.  Her research has appeared in numerous journals and law reviews, including Law & Society Review, Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, and Sociology of Crime, Law & Deviance.  Young's research on LGBTQ identity and voir dire was cited by the Washington State Supreme Court in 2014, and her work on the connection between race, intrusive policing tactics, and mass imprisonment was cited in Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s 2016 dissent in Utah v. Strieff. Young, who has been active in law and society for several years in multiple capacities, is proud to call LSA her intellectual home and welcomes the chance to serve as a Trustee.  She is particularly enthusiastic about promoting diversity within LSA, enhancing the public reputation of law and society work, strengthening and expanding CRNs, and seeking feedback from LSA members about how scholars at all different stages could benefit even more richly from our organization.