LSA Dissertation Prize Winners




2017 Sarah Seo
Princeton University
The Fourth Amendment, Cars, and Freedom in Twentieth Century America
2016 Sandra Botero Cabrera
University of Notre Dame
Courts that Matter: Judges, Litigants and the Politics of Rights Enforcement in Latin America
2015 Gwendolyn Leachman
University of Wisconsin
Institutions and Dominance within Social Movements: How Legal Strategies Shape the Agendas of Movements for Social Change, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley
2014 Hillary Berk
Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Rohit De
Department of History, Princeton University

The Legalization of Emotion:  Risk, Gender, and the Management of Feeling in Contracts for Surrogate Labor



The Republic of Writs:  Litigious Citizens,  Constitutional Law, and Everyday Life in India (1947-1964)

2013 Benjamin Schonthal
Ruling Religion: Buddhism, Politics and Law in Contemporary Sri Lanka
University of Chicago
2012 John W. Compton A Moral Revolution: Evangelical Reform and the Transformation of American Constitutionalism, 1830‐1937,  University of California at Los Angeles
2011 Chaitanya Lakkimsetti Governing Sexualities: Globalization, Biopower, And Citizenship in Postcolonial India, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2010 Heather Schoenfeld The Politics of Prison Growth: From Chain Gangs to Work Release Centers and Supermax Prisons, Florida, 1955-2000, Northwestern University
2009 Ceren Belge

Mark Fathi Massoud
Whose Law?: Clans, Honor Killings, and State-Minority Relations in Turkey and Israel, University of Washington Who Rules the Law?

How Government, Civil Society, and Aid Agencies Manipulate Law in Sudan,
University of California, Berkeley
2008 Manuel A. Gómez All in the Family: The Influence of Social Networks on Dispute Processing, Stanford University
2007 Sandra R. Levitsky Private Dilemmas of Public Provision: The Formation of Political Demand for State Entitlements to Long-Term Care, University of Wisconsin
2006 Naomi Murakawa Electing to Punish: Congress, Race, and the American Criminal Justice State, Yale University
2005 Margot Canaday The Straight State: Sexuality and American Citizenship, 1900 1969, University of Minnesota
2004 Risa L. Goluboff The Work of Civil Rights in the 1940s: The Department of Justice, the NAACP, and African American Agricultural Labor, Princeton University
2003 Katharina Heyer

Barbara Oomen
Rights on the Road: Disability Politics in Japan and Germany, University of Hawaii

Chiefs! Law, Power and Culture in Contemporary South Africa
, University of Leiden
2002 Catherine Ruth Albiston The Institutional Context of Civil Rights: Mobilizing the Family and Medical Leave Act in the Courts and in the Workplace, University of California, Berkeley
2001 Sara Manaugh Without Reason: Drug War Politics in the United States, University of California, Berkeley

Laura Beth Nielson License to Harass: Offensive Speech, Legal Consciousness, and Hierarchies of Race, Gender, and Class, University of California, Berkeley
1999 Beth Kiyoko Jamieson Toward a Feminist Theory of Liberty, Rutgers University