Current Officers

President June 2019 -June 2021


Penelope Andrews

Penelope Andrews [(B.A. LL.B. (University of KwaZulu-Natal) LL.M. (Columbia)) is the 2018-2019 Sabbatical Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School. She previously completed two terms as Dean: From 2016 to 2018 as the first Black dean at the University of Cape Town Faculty of a Law, and from 2012-2015 as the first female dean of Albany Law School, New York. She was previously the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY) and Director of International Programs at Valparaiso Law School.

Andrews is active in international collaborative research and mentoring networks and is particularly committed to ensuring the relevance of law and society scholarship to academic communities in the global south and global north. She is an editor of the International Journal of Law in Context, Human Rights and the Global Economy E-Journal and the African Law E-Journal.

Andrews has published several books and articles that focus on comparative constitutional law, gender and racial equality, human rights, and particularly the tension between respect for indigenous law and implementing broader human rights norms, the judiciary, and legal education. Her last book, From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights, was published in 2012. She also publishes regularly in the popular and social media, focusing on issues of race, poverty, legal education, public interest litigation and the ongoing challenges of transforming an economically unequal and racially divided society.

Her focus on the judiciary in South Africa tries to bridge the divide between theory and practice. Andrews is involved as a trainer for the Judicial Institute for Africa, focusing on opinion writing and communication skills for new and experience judges. She served as an Acting Judge of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for the 2018 third term, presiding over criminal appeals, motion court and civil trials. She has also served as an arbitrator in hearings on racial discrimination in South Africa.

She began her teaching career at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, where she taught for 8 years before moving to CUNY, where she was on the faculty for 15 years, teaching public international law, gender and law, race and law, comparative law, torts and lawyering. She has also held visiting appointments at several law schools in the USA and internationally, including in South Africa, Canada and Australia.

Andrews has been a dedicated member of the LSA since 1993. She has served in various capacities, including on the LSA Board of Trustees, co-chair of the International Committee, co-chair and member of the annual meeting Program committee. She is active in the African CRN and has participated in almost every annual meeting for the past two decades. She has also organized and hosted LSA meetings in South Africa.

Past President June 2017 - June 2019


Kim Lane Scheppele

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University where, from 2005-2015, she served as the Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs.  Scheppele joined the Princeton faculty after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law.   Before that, she held a primary academic appointment in political science at the University of Michigan, where she expanded the PhD track in public law.   She was the founding co-director of the Program on Gender and Culture at Central European University in Budapest and she has been a visiting law professor at Yale, Humboldt University Berlin, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Central European University Budapest and (in spring 2017) Harvard. 

Scheppele's scholarship focuses on law under stress and in times of rapid change.  After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the global "war on terror" on constitutional governance around the world.   Since 2010, she has documented the return of constitutional authoritarianism to Eastern Europe and traced the consequent fracturing of legal culture across the European Union. 

Scheppele received the Kalven Prize of the Law and Society Association in 2014 for her work on transitional constitutionalism and on the global anti-terror campaign.  Her research has been supported by three American National Science Foundation grants for her own projects and seven for her graduate students’ research.   Scheppele is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Comparative Law.  She has been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia, the Internationales Forchungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna and the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California at Berkeley.  

The Law and Society Association has been her intellectual home since graduate school.  She has been the Association’s elected Treasurer (1999-2001), an elected member of the Board of Trustees (1990-1993), Co-Chair (with Carol Heimer) of the Program Committee for the Budapest meeting in 2001, a member of the program committee for the 1990 Amsterdam and 2000 Miami meetings, Co-organizer (with Tom Baker) of the Early Career Workshop in Denver 2009, Chair of the Kalven Prize Committee 2015, and a member of many other committees.   She edited a special issue of the Law and Society Review on Constitutional Ethnography in 2004 and served two terms on the editorial board of the Review.  Her many current and former PhD students are active in the Association. 

As president of the Association, she will embrace inclusion.  She will work toward greater diversity in the Association and greater internationalization of the field.  She will develop partnerships with other law-related associations across disciplines and national boundaries.    She will work to make the LSA a support center both for developing socio-legal studies programs and for training the next generation of socio-legal scholars.   And she will work to make scholars of all intellectual persuasions feel that LSA is home.

Secretary June 2017 - June 2018

Kaaryn Gustafson Chuck Epp is University Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his teaching and research focus on law, social change and administrative reform, with a particular emphasis on rights and racial discrimination. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, and he is the author of many journal articles and several books published by the University of Chicago Press: The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award and the Lasting Contribution Award of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State, which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, co-authored with colleagues Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald Haider-Markel, which won the Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research, the Choice Outstanding Academic Title award, and received honorable mention for three other book awards, including the Law & Society Association’s Herbert Jacob Book Award. Epp has received a number of teaching awards, including the university-wide Kemper Teaching Award. He has served the Law & Society Association in a number of capacities: on the Dissertation Award Committee (2000, 2010, and as chair, 2012), Search Committee for the Law & Society Editor (2002), chair of the Nominations Committee (2005), Summer Institute Planning Committee (2005-07), Editorial Advisory Board of the Law & Society Review (2005-08), Diversity Committee (2007-09), Graduate Student Workshop Committee (2011), and on the Board of Trustees (2001-03 and 2013-15), Executive Committee (2013-15), and Executive Office Transition Committee (2015-16).  Beyond LSA, he has served as Director of the PhD Program in his department and on key committees of the American Political Science Association’s Section on Law & Courts, including the best article award, best dissertation award, and executive committee, and he is a founding associate editor of the Journal of Law & Courts. Epp is particularly committed to bringing Law & Society research to broader public discussions. In 2014 he was co-chair of the Kansas statewide committee of university faculty and staff that issued a report defending academic freedom in response to the Kansas Board of Regents Social Media Policy. He currently serves on the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee that is charged with reforming local criminal justice institutions and practices, and is a regular commentator in the national media on issues of racial discrimination in policing.

Treasurer October 2017 - October 2019

marshallMona Lynch is Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in Criminology, Law and Society and, by courtesy, the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. She co-directs UCI’s Center in Law, Society, and Culture with Catherine Fisk.  She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in social psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.A. from Stanford University in documentary filmmaking. Her research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, and examines criminal adjudication and punishment, as well as institutionalized forms of bias within legal settings. She is the author of Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment (2009), published with Stanford University Press and Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court forthcoming with Russell Sage Foundation. Her research has also been published in a wide range of journals, law reviews, and edited volumes including in Law and Human Behavior, Law and Social Inquiry, Law and Society Review, and Law and Policy. She has served on the editorial boards of Law and Society Review (2003-06 and 2010-13) and Law and Social Inquiry (2002-04 and 2015-2017), among other journals. She is currently editor, with Kelly Hannah-Moffat, of the international journal, Punishment & Society. Mona has been an active member of LSA since 1995 and has enthusiastically served the Association in numerous roles. She was committee member (1998-2000) then chair (2000-02) of the Committee for Development and External Relations; program committee member for the 2000 Miami meeting; committee member (2002-03) then chair (2003-05) of the Summer Institute Committee; program planning committee member and associate chair for the international meeting in Berlin (2005-07); member of the Collaborative Research Networks Committee (2009-11); program committee co-chair (with Jeannine Bell) for the 2011 San Francisco meeting; member of the 2012 Wheeler prize committee; and chair of the 2016 Kalven prize committee. She served as a Trustee of the Association from 2003-06. She has also been involved in planning and organizing the past four biennial West Coast Law and Society retreats, and chaired the planning committee for the 2016 retreat held at UC Irvine. She was honored and humbled to receive LSA’s Stan Wheeler mentorship award in 2016.

Executive Officer


Steven Boutcher joined LSA as Executive Officer on July 1, 2018. Before coming to LSA, Steve was a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center, an assistant professor of sociology and public policy at UMass, and most recently, the Executive Director of the Center for Employment Equity at UMass. Steve received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. Steve’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between law, organizations, and social change, particularly focusing on law and social movements and the legal profession. He is currently co-PI on a multi-year project investigating sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace. For more information about Steve please visit:

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