About the Center for Law, Society and Justice
The Center for Law, Society, and Justice is the institutional home of the Legal Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Certificate Program.
The faculty of the Center for Law, Society and Justice come from a wide variety of disciplines. Many faculty have a primary affiliation with a tenure granting unit such as Law, History, Political Science, or Sociology.
The Core Faculty teach a combination of disciplinary courses with a law focus and courses specifically designed to be interdisciplinary. Their teaching includes the gateway courses in the new Legal Studies curriculum (Legal Studies 131 and 217) and the Legal Studies capstone course (Legal Studies 641). Core Faculty members participate in curricular design and course development activities, set policies for students in the Center programs, and provide guidance to academic staff.
In addition to the Core Faculty, a number of Affiliated Faculty teach a variety of disciplinary courses that have a law or legal institution focus.
Core Faculty and Staff
Howard S. Erlanger
Irene B. Katele
Joseph Conti is an assistant professor of sociology and law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008 and was a post-doctoral scholar at the American Bar Foundation. Professor Conti specializes in sociology of law and economic sociology and teaches classes related to globalization, global governance, American society, and the sociology of law. His research interests include global governance, law and globalization, and international trade, particularly the dispute settlement systems of the World Trade Organization. His current research focuses on multilevel regulatory regimes for trade and for nanotechnology.
Professor Conti has published articles on the World Trade Organization in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and the Socio-Economic Review. With co-authors he has published articles related to nanotechnology in Environmental Science & Technology, Nature Nanotechnology, and the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. His book, Between Law and Diplomacy: the Social Contexts of Disputing at the World Trade Organization, is forthcoming in 2010 from Stanford University Press. This book is based on his dissertation, which received the Lancaster Dissertation Award from the University of California, Santa Barbara for the best social science dissertation completed between 2008 and 2010.
Martine Delannay is the Associate Director of the Center for Law, Society, & Justice and academic advisor and administrator of the Legal Studies Program. She received her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Sociology with an interdisciplinary minor in Women Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught sociology courses at UW-Madison, Madison College, and Mount Mary College and received a Departmental Citation for Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant while a graduate student in sociology. Delannay previously worked as an administrator for youth soccer organizations and as a community development consultant for a council that promoted independent living for persons with disabilities.
Stephanie Elsky is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Elsky's work specializes in the relationship between law and literature, especially in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England and Ireland. She is in the midst of completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Time Out of Mind: The Poetics of Custom and Common Law in Early Modern England, which argues for the profoundly poetic life of early modern common law, one sparked by the fictive and imaginative appeal of its existence since "time immemorial." Elsky’s research and teaching interests include the Shakespeare and the law, the early history of intellectual property, legal and literary representations of early modern colonization, and the formal and aesthetic connections between law and literature. Before arriving at UW-Madison in Fall 2013, Elsky was a Keiter/Mellon Fellow at Amherst College's Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought.
Howard S. Erlanger served as Director of the Legal Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Certificate Program from 2007-2013. A member of the UW faculty since 1971, he is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law, Emeritus, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Erlanger is the recipient of a number of awards for his teaching and research, including the Steiger and Underkofler awards from the University for excellence in teaching, and the Wheeler mentorship award from the Law and Society Association. Professor Erlanger is a past-President of the Law and Society Association and since 1982 he has been Review Section Editor of Law and Social Inquiry, where he has solicited and edited over 400 article-length essays representing the great diversity of views in socio-legal studies. His own socio-legal research has primarily focused on the legal profession - especially on the careers of lawyers in public interest practice and the socialization of law students - and on topics related to dispute resolution and to law and organizations.
Ralph Grunewald is an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies and the Legal Studies Program. He studies the relationship between law and the humanities and literature in particular. Ralph received his law degree from the University of Mainz and the State of Bavaria, Germany, a Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminology from the University of Mainz (2002, summa cum laude) and a Master's Degree (LL.M.) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School (2005). He has taught at German law schools but also practiced law at a law firm specializing on white collar and corporate crime defense work. At UW-Madison, Ralph teaches classes on American criminal justice, juvenile justice, comparative criminal justice, and law and literature. His publications include a monograph on the principle of education in in the German Juvenile Court Act and various articles on questions of criminal law and legal narratology. He is currently working on comparative problems of wrongful convictions and on a larger project in which he assesses the legal and literary construction of guilt.
Ralph is a member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy and a Bradley Learning Community Faculty Fellow.
Alexandra Huneeus studies international courts, international human rights, and courts and politics in Latin America. Her work stands at the intersection of law, political science and sociology, and has been published in the American Journal of International Law, Law and Social Inquiry, Yale Journal of International Law, Cornell International Law Journal and by Cambridge University Press. In 2013, she was awarded the American Association for Law Schools Scholarly Papers Prize, as well as the American Society for Comparative Law Award for Younger Scholars (for two different articles). Currently, she holds an NSF grant to explore the impact of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on domestic prosecutions of state atrocity. She is Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received her PhD, JD and BA from University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doc at Stanford's Center on Development, Democracy and the Rule of Law. Professor Huneeus is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and is a founding board member of the Brazilian Journal of Empirical/Socio-Legal Studies. She holds a permanent visiting professorship at the Universidad Diego Portales Law School in Santiago, Chile.
Irene B. Katele
Irene B. Katele earned a JD at the University of Wisconsin Law School, a PhD and AM in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BA in History from Northwestern University. Katele taught history for four years, first at The Ohio State University and then at the University of South Carolina. As an historian, her area of expertise was piracy, and she studied its impact on Venice during the Crusades. While in law school, Katele served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and worked as a judicial intern to Judge John L. Coffey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She also received the Abner Brodie Award for Outstanding Contribution to Life at the Law School. After law school, she clerked for Justice David Prosser, Jr. of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and then was an associate in the estate planning practice area at the Madison office of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Katele is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.
Irene is retired in 2013.
Richard Keyser teaches in the Legal Studies Program, where his classes include American Legal History I and II and Law and Environment. He also teaches a variety of classes in the History Department, such as The Renaissance and European Environmental History. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University. His research, focusing on medieval legal and environmental history, has appeared in the Revue Historique, French Historical Studies, and Law and History Review. His current projects center on customary law, examining early forms of property law, of civil law jurisdiction, and of community-based woodland management (or forest law). His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and UW's Institute for Research on the Humanities. His essay on "The Transformation of Traditional Woodland Management" won the American Society for Environmental History's Alice Hamilton prize for best article of 2009.
Carolyn Lesch earned her Master's in Social Work from UW Madison in 1992. She first joined the Criminal Justice Certificate Program staff as a Field Instructor during the summer of 1998. Since 2003, she has served as Academic Advisor and administrator for the Program. She manages the required internship component including vital outreach to the criminal and juvenile justice communities. Carolyn teaches foundational field education and practicum courses. She has more than 20 years of direct practice experience working with court-ordered youth and their families. Carolyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. Her areas of expertise include adolescent development, child and adolescent mental health, juvenile male sexual offending behavior, multigenerational and interfamilial sexual abuse dynamics, and family systems theory and intervention. Carolyn is a Senior Preceptor in the UW-Madison School of Social Work.
Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Liu received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He specializes in the sociology of law. Most of his empirical work focuses on the legal reform and legal profession in China, but he also writes on sociolegal theory and law & globalization. Professor Liu has written widely on various aspects of Chinese law, including lower court justice, popular legal advice, the criminal justice system, and the corporate law market. He has published articles in the Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Wisconsin Law Review, Fordham Law Review, and the China Quarterly, as well as extensively in leading law and social science journals in China. In addition, Professor Liu has published two books in Chinese: The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (Peking University Press, 2008), and The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2011). He also translated and edited The Holmes Reader: Selected Essays and Public Speeches of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2009).
Mike Massoglia is the Director of the Legal Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Certificate Program. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work focuses on the social consequences of the expansion of the penal system, the relationship between the use of legal controls and demographic change in the United States, and patterns and consequences of criminal behavior over the life course. Current research projects examine historical variation in U.S. criminal deportations as well as the relationship between incarceration and neighborhood attainment and racial composition. Mike teaches classes on criminology, delinquency, and deviance.
Ion Meyn teaches Race and the Law and Wrongful Convictions. A visiting professor at the law school, his research focuses on criminal procedure. Professor Meyn clerked for Federal District Judge Bernice Donald, who now serves on the Sixth Circuit. In private practice, he represented judges, elected officials, and political action committees. Professor Meyn also served as clinical faculty at the Wisconsin Innocence Project. He led the legal team that freed Seneca Malone from being wrongfully convicted of intentional homicide, and also served on the team that successfully argued for a new trial for Terry Vollbrecht.
Melanie Janelle Murchison earned an Honours degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University. She is an ABD, working on completing her thesis, in Law from Queen's University Belfast. Melanie has been nominated for two Outstanding Teaching Awards, and has been teaching for the last five years in Law, Criminal Justice, Sociology and Legal Studies departments across Canada and Northern Ireland. Melanie's research interests include Comparative Constitutional Law, Judicial Behaviour, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methodology. She currently hold a British Academy Leverhulme Grant as a Co-Investigator with Dr. Alex Schwartz on Ethnic Voting Behaviour on the Constitutional Court in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Alan Rubel is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies and the Legal Studies Program. He has recently served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before joining the faculty at UW he was a Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Health Law Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. He served as a law clerk to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 2006-2008. His publications include articles on public health surveillance, philosophical conceptions of privacy, labeling genetically engineered foods, the medical privacy of presidential candidates, the USA Patriot Act, and persons' claims to privacy. His current research includes projects on public health surveillance, privacy in the context of libraries and electronic resources, and foundations of criminal law. Before graduate school he worked as a biological technician and ranger for the National Park Service.
Howard Schweber joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Fall 1999. He received his PhD in Government from Cornell University in 1999 and an MA in History from the University of Chicago after spending five years practicing law. He teaches courses focusing on constitutional law and legal and political theory. He is the author of Speech, Conduct and the First Amendment (Peter Lang Press, 2003), The Creation of American Common Law, 1850-1880: Technology, Politics, and the Construction of Citizenship (Cambridge 2004), and The Language of Liberal Constitutionalism (Cambridge 2007), as well as articles, essays, and book chapters on a variety of related topics. His current areas of research include comparative analyses of different constitutional systems and the construction of "public" and "private" as categories of legal and political discourse. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy and in the past has been actively involved with the Center for Civic Education's We the People program. In addition, Schweber was the coach of the UW-Madison's College Mock Trial Team from 1999-2002, but has retired, according to a spokesman, "to spend more time with his family." Professor Schweber is regularly featured on Wisconsin Public Radio programs and gives frequent newspaper and television interviews. In 2004 he was the recipient of the William H. Kiekhoffer Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also twice been selected as the Pi Sigma Alpha Professor of the Year.
Mitra Sharafi is a legal historian of South Asia at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She holds law degrees from Cambridge (BA 1998) and Oxford (BCL 1999) and history degrees from McGill (BA 1996) and Princeton (PhD 2006). She has taught at the UW Law School and Legal Studies program since 2007, and is affiliated with the UW History Department and Center for South Asia. Sharafi’s research interests include South Asian legal history; the history of colonialism; the history of the legal profession; law and religion; law and minorities; legal pluralism; and the history of science and medicine. Her book, Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772-1947 (Cambridge University Press, 2014) was awarded the Law and Society Association’s 2015 J. Willard Hurst Prize for socio-legal history. She is currently working on a book-length project medico-legal history in colonial India, as well as articles on abortion in colonial India and on non-Europeans from across the British Empire who studied law at London’s Inns of Court during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Sharafi's research has been recognized and supported by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and others. You can follow her South Asian Legal History Resources blog at http://hosted.law.wisc.edu/wordpress/sharafi/ and on Twitter @mjsharafi.
Karl Shoemaker is Associate Professor of History and Law. He holds a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and
a JD from Cumberland School of Law. He is a legal historian, with particular focus on pre-modern legal traditions. His research and teaching interests include the history of criminal law and punishment, and historical and philosophical approaches to the institutions of modern criminal justice. He is currently an Associate Editor
of the Journal of Law Culture and the Humanities. In 2006-07, Professor Shoemaker was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He has also held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the North American Conference on British Studies. He is currently working on the history of the right to sanctuary as well as a set of medieval texts which imagined the devil as a litigant. Recent publications include (with William Courtenay) "The Tears of Nicholas: Simony and Perjury by a Parisian Master of Theology in the Fourteenth Century," Accepted by Speculum (forthcoming, 2008); "Revenge as a 'Medium Good' in the Twelfth Century" in 1 Law, Culture, and Humanities, 333-358 (2005); "The Birth of Official Criminal Prosecutions in American Law" in Rechtssystem im Vergleich: Die Staatsanwaltschaft (2005), The Problem of Pain in Punishment: A Historical Perspective," in Pain, Death, and the Law (A. Sarat, ed., 2001); and "Criminal Procedure in Medieval European Law: A Comparison Between English and Roman-Canonical Developments after the IV Lateran Council," Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte - Kanonistische Abteilung (1999).
Robert Vargas is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard University. His primary research interests are in the fields of urban sociology, urban politics, health, and criminology. He is currently completing a book manuscript on how politics and urban governance undermine community-based efforts to prevent gang violence. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Social Psychology Quarterly and Criminology.
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