Chair, Department of Global and International Studies
Professor of Global Studies, Law, Anthropology, and Criminology Law & Society
Social Science Tower 569
Office Tel: (949) 824-1072
Key Research Areas
legal pluralism, crisis of democracy, authoritarianism, global and international law, human rights, race and ethnicity, (post)colonialism, legal and social theory, ethnographic methods, anthropology of law
PhD Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago
MA Sociocultural Anthropology, Harvard University
LLB Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia
BA (Hons) Department of History, University of Melbourne, Australia
I am trained as a lawyer, historian and anthropologist, and think of myself as a critical interdisciplinary scholar interested in issues of postcolonialism, human rights, legal pluralism, and sociolegal theory. My current work focuses on authoritarianism and crises of democracy. My research has been supported by five grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and the UC Center for New Racial Studies. I have published widely including eleven books and edited volumes. My first book Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe (2009) was the co-winner of the Law & Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize. My book Laws and Societies in Global Contexts (2013) won the International Book Award in Law and the Kevin Boyle Book Award. My recent book, coauthored with Philip McCarty, is The Global Turn: Theories, Research Designs, and Methods for Global Studies (2017), and widely considered a foundational text in the emerging field of global studies.
I and Jon Goldberg-Hiller coedit a book series “Global and Insurgent Legalities” with Duke University Press. I am on six editorial boards including the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Social & Legal Studies, New Global Studies, Beijing Law Review, and I am a former Associate Editor of American Ethnologist and the Law & Society Review. I am very active in the Law & Society Association and have been a Trustee Board Member on three occasions, and twice elected class representative and member of the LSA Executive Committee.