2018 - 2020 Trustees


Fiona Haines BA (Hons), PhD (Melb) is Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at the Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU. She was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia in 2016. Fiona is best known for her work in regulation and compliance and has published widely in areas including industrial disasters, occupational health & safety, financial fraud and the criminalisation of cartel conduct. She enjoys working in an interdisciplinary environment, with recent work that includes an analysis of electricity market transitions with the introduction of household solar PV understanding how social protest shapes the coal seam gas industry in Australia, and working with a team of political scientists, lawyers and sociologists analysing the capacity of new governance to resolve issues of human rights violations associated with the activities of multinational corporations. Her recent books include The Paradox of Regulation: what regulation can achieve and what it cannot (Edward Elgar, 2011) and Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, (Hart Publishing), 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas. The Law & Society Association and the annual meetings have been a critical part of her academic career from her participation in a graduate/early career workshop in the late 1990s that assisted in shaping her research on occupational health and safety law in Thailand, through her many intellectual journeys as part of the Regulation & Governance CRN and recently in meeting new colleagues exploring how to incorporate ecological limits into an understanding of how to control business conduct. She has been a member of LSA for the last 10 years and a regular attendee at annual meetings since the early 2000s. During that time she has served on several committees: the Program Committee for the International Meeting (Hawai’i) from 2010 to 2012, the Jacob Prize Committee from 2014-15 and the Kalven Prize Committee in 2016. She is constantly impressed by the diversity and quality of scholars who attend LSA meetings (both national and joint meetings) and she enjoys building links between the people she meets. She would welcome the opportunity to act as a Trustee to build these links in a more formal capacity and to work to ensure the Association continues to flourish.


Sandra Levitsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on American social policy, political mobilization, and the relationship between law and social change. Her recent book, Caring for Our Own: Why There Is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights, received an Honorable Mention for the LSA Herbert Jacob Book Prize. Sandra’s current research focuses on education reform. With her colleague Elizabeth Armstrong, she is conducting a large, NSF-funded longitudinal study on university responses to the changing legal environment around Title IX and campus sexual assault. She is also conducting a study of the politics of public preschool, seeking to understand the remarkable success of reform advocates in expanding the state’s role in funding early childhood education in a time of growing privatization and budgetary cutbacks in education. Sandra has been a member of the Law & Society Association since beginning graduate school in 1999. The LSA has served as her primary intellectual home ever since. She co-founded the Midwest Law & Society Retreat at the University of Wisconsin in 2002. She has served on the LSA Dissertation Prize Committee twice and on the LSA Program Committee. She has been an active member of CRN 21: Law and Social Movements, a busy participant at the annual LSA meetings, a keynote speaker for the Early Career Workshop, and a frequent reviewer for the Law and Society Review. Keenly aware of the importance of law and society research in the current political moment, she is a strong advocate of the LSA’s continuing efforts to connect researchers to public debates, and she welcomes the chance to serve as a Trustee.


Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, and Affiliated Scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law. Before moving to the University of Toronto, he taught sociology and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession. He also writes on sociolegal theory and general social theory. Liu is the author of three books in Chinese and English, as well as many articles in leading law and social science journals. Liu has provided many services to the Law & Society Association over the years, including chairing the International Activities Committee (2015-2017), serving on the Dissertation Prize Committee (2011-2012), the Book Review Editor Search Committee (2014-2015), and the Program Committee (2017-2018), and serving on the Board of Trustees (2013-2015). He is also a current Board Member of the Asian Law & Society Association and the Canadian Law & Society Association.


Victor D. Quintanilla is the Director of the Center for Law, Society & Culture, an Associate Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and an Adjunct Professor of the Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. His service to the Law & Society Association includes mentoring students participating in the LSA Graduate Student Workshop (2017), serving on the LSA Executive Office Search Planning Committee (2015-2016), and the LSA Diversity Committee (2014-2015), and organizing the International Research Collaborative (IRC) on Law, Society and Psychological Science. Quintanilla’s research investigates access-to-justice, civil justice, and legal education by drawing on theory and methods within the field of psychological science, including experiments conducted with judges, lawyers, law students, and members of the public. Three lines of his current socio-legal scholarship, include: weaving together socio-legal theory and psychological science to investigate the interconnection between law, institutions, organizations, social contexts, and psychological experiences; interrogating legal doctrines within federal employment discrimination law by drawing on psychological science and empirical Critical Race Theory (eCRT); and creating an interdisciplinary approach to improve upon and innovate the civil justice system known as human-centered civil justice design. Quintanilla is currently serving as a PI for a research line that seeks to design interventions to nourish the value of access-to-justice, collaborative problem solving, and service among law students, a second research line that seeks to design interventions that promote productive mindsets, diversity, and enhance performance in the LSAT, bar exam, and in law school; and a third research line that seeks to conduct a legal needs and legal-aid system scan across Indiana. Quintanilla was a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2015-2016). He passionately believes in a future in which the LSA embraces diversity and nourishes graduate students and junior scholars to realize their promise.


Keramet Reiter is Assistant Professor in Criminology, Law & Society, with a joint appointment at the School of Law, at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy and a J.D., both from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds an M.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and a B.A. in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Her research focuses on prisons, prisoners' rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems, both in the United States and internationally. Her research has been funded by the California Wellness Foundation, the Langeloth Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. She is the author of 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement (Yale University Press, 2016) and Mass Incarceration: Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2017) as well as the co-editor (with Alexa Koenig) of the anthology Extreme Punishment: Comparative Studies in Detention, Incarceration, and Solitary Confinement (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). Her research has been published in a range of socio-legal and law journals including, the Law & Society Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, California Law Review, and Punishment & Society. She has enjoyed serving the Law & Society Association as a reviewer for the Law & Society Review, an active participant as presenter, panel chair, and discussant at every annual conference over the last 7 years, a host at an LSA Methods Cafe (2016), a member of the LSA Nominations Committees (2014-15), and also, in the regional law and society community as a member of the West Coast Law & Society Retreat Program Committee (2016). She is committed to working with LSA members to make their work publicly accessible (through programs like Life of the Law, to which she has contributed), strengthening programs to support a diversity of early career scholars, and reinforcing the CRN infrastructure as a key networking tool within the Society.


Susan S. Silbey is Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2017-2019, she will be the Chair of the MIT Faculty. Her research centers on the governance, regulatory, and audit processes in complex organizations, most recently focused on the creation of management systems for containing risks, including ethical lapses, as well as environment, health and safety hazards. In addition, she has a line of work (with Carroll Seron) on the education and careers of women engineers. She authored and coauthored several books including The Common Place of Law: Stories from Everyday Life (with Patricia Ewick) (1998), In Litigation: Do the 'Haves' Still Come Out Ahead (with Herbert Kritzer) (2003), and Law and Science (II): Regulation of Property, Practices, and Products (2008). She is on the editorial board of Regulation & Governance; Engaging Science, Technology and Society; Qualitative Sociology; and Annals of the American Association of Political and Social Science, where she was Issue Editor of “Organizational Challenges to Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance: A New Common Sense About Regulation.” She is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards including John Simon Guggenheim and Russell Sage Foundation fellowships, the Harry Kalven Jr. Prize for advancing the sociology of law, and several best article prizes from the American Sociological Association. She has also been awarded the LSA Stanton Wheeler and MIT Levitan prizes for mentoring as well as MIT prize for outstanding freshman advisor. She is Past President of the Law & Society Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She earned a B.A. from CUNY Brooklyn College, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Rachel Stern is an Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) program at Berkeley Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, and is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution as well as a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows. Her primary research interest is the relationship between legal institution building, political space, and social mobilization, with a geographic focus on Mainland China and Hong Kong. Stern’s first book was Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence (Cambridge University Press, honorable mention for the Law & Society Association’s Herbert Jacob book award), and other recent articles have appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, Comparative Political Studies, and the Journal of Law & Society. Stern currently serves on the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry, and is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship on law. She is particularly enthusiastic about promoting diversity within LSA, and encouraging participation from early career scholars.


Maartje van der Woude is Professor of Law & Society at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and holds her chair in the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society. She is also affiliated with the Department of Criminology & Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo as a visiting professor and member of the NORDHOST: Nordic Hospitalities in a Context of Migration and Refugee Crisis research group. In the past, she held visiting positions at UC Berkeley’s Centre for the Study of Law & Society, UC Hastings College of the Law and the University of Maryland. Maartje holds a JD in Criminal Law, a MSc in Criminology (cum laude) and a PhD in Criminal Law & Criminology from Leiden Law School. She is on the Advisory Board of Oxford Law’s interdisciplinary research platform Border Criminologies and Board member of the Dutch Law & Society Association. Besides her academic tasks and duties, she also acts as a honorary judge at the district criminal court of Southern-Holland.

Her research examines the politics of social control and securitization, both from a more macro – national – as from a more micro – local/individual - perspective. Her recent work examines the politics and dialectics of crime control, immigration control and border control in the European Union and the growing merger of all three. She is currently working on a 5-year research project that was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). As part of this project she is working on a monograph Tales from European Borderlands (working title) in which she will bring together stories of those who are working in border enforcement and those who are part of the communities affected by it. In doing so, she has a particular interest in the different ways in which local state and non-state actors use their powers and formal and informal rules and regulations to either resist or support European and national policies on the management of cross-border mobility. In doing so, she aims to address questions of exceptionalism, belonging, race, national identity and sovereignty.

Her research has been published in Law & Social Inquiry, Policing and Society, the European Journal for Criminology and the New Criminal Law Review. She is currently editing a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on decision-making at the ground floor of EU migration policies as well as co-editing a book for Fordham University Press on Trump, Brexit and Fortress Europe. For the past several years, she has organized panels at LSA, the European Society for Criminology and the Socio-Legal Studies Association as well as stand alone seminars and conferences as part of Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies for interdisciplinary studies on the merger of crime control and migration control. Between 2012 - 2016, she has served as the co-organizer (with Jamie Longazell and Marjorie Zatz) of CRN 02, Citizenship & Immigration, of which she is still a member. She is also a member of CRN 27, Punishment & Society.

Maartje sees herself as an important “bridge-builder” between scholars who are interested in similar themes yet from different disciplines or from different methodological backgrounds. As she has greatly benefited from having inspiring senior mentors during her early career, she wants to create possibilities for graduate students and junior faculty to interact and connect with senior faculty. In doing all this, she has an explicit international focus – bringing together socio-legal scholars from all continents, especially those where the Law & Society tradition might not be as well established as in Northern-America.