Jurisprudence and Social Policy

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

Berkeley Law is unique among major U.S. law schools in housing its own interdisciplinary graduate program in the social, philosophical, and humanistic study of law, leading to PhD degrees in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP). The JSP Program promotes the study of law and legal institutions through the perspectives of several disciplines including history, economics, philosophy, sociology, and political science. As the first law and society program of its kind in North America, the JSP Program remains the clear leader of a vibrant and growing body of such programs because of its deep curricular resources and its scholarly accomplishment.

Members of the Berkeley Law faculty with primary responsibility for the JSP Program are trained in a variety of academic disciplines and affiliated with other Berkeley departments and research centers.

Undergraduate Program

Legal Studies: BA

Graduate Program

Jurisprudence and Social Policy: PhD

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Catherine R. Albiston, Professor. Social movements, gender, employment law, legal profession, public interest law.
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Robert D. Cooter, Professor. Business law, contracts, torts.
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Lauren Edelman, Professor. Organizations and employment, civil rights, social inequality, disability, research methods.
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Kinch Hoekstra, Professor. Political theory, history of philosophy. .
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Christopher Kutz, Professor. Moral/political philosophy, ethics and laws of war.
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Taeku Lee, Professor. Race and ethnic politics, research methods.
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David Lieberman, Professor. History of legal ideas, legal theory. .
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Calvin Morrill, Professor. Organizations, culture, social movements, education, youth, research methods.
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Dylan Penningroth, Professor. African American and U.S. socio-legal history.
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Victoria Plaut, Professor. Diversity/Inclusion, culture, research methods.
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Jonathan Simon, Professor. Criminal justice, punishment and society, mass incarceration.
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Sarah Song, Professor. Citizenship, migration, race, feminist theory.
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Rachel Stern, Professor. Courts, authoritarian states, globalization, China.
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Christopher Tomlins, Professor. Labor, slavery, colonization, history of contemporary legal thought.
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Franklin E. Zimring, Professor. Legal policy, criminal sanctions, policing.
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Emeritus Faculty

Malcolm M. Feeley, Professor Emeritus. Criminal law, punishment, social policy.
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Robert Kagan, Professor. Law and political science.
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Kristin Luker, Professor Emeritus. Sociology of law.
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Daniel Rubinfield, Professor. Law and economics.
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Harry Scheiber, Professor. Law and History.
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Martin Shapiro, Professor. Law and political science.
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Contact Information

Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program

Boalt Hall School of Law

Phone: 510-642-3771

jsp@berkeley.edu

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Associate Dean, Jurisprudence and Social Policy

Calvin Morrill, PhD

Phone: 510-643-9988

jspassocdean@law.berkeley.edu

Student Affairs Officer

Margo Rodriguez

jsp@berkeley.edu

Graduate Advisor

Catherine Albiston

calbiston@law.berkeley.edu

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