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Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Felicity Turner
  • 2012-2013 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Felicity Turner Felicity Turner's research uses narratives of infanticide as recorded in newspapers, inquests, and court cases to trace changes in conceptions of gender, race, and the human body in the nineteenth-century United States. During her tenure as a Jerome Hall fellow, she will continue work on her manuscript-in-progress, "Narratives of Infanticide: Mothers, Murder, and the State in Nineteenth-Century America." Felicity's dissertation, upon which the manuscript is based, received an Honorable Mention from the Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize Committee in June 2011.

Turner received her PhD in history from Duke University in 2010. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Newberry Library, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, and an Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association. During 2010-2011, Felicity was a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was the Law and Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In June 2011, Felicity also participated in the 2011 Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, a biennial event hosted by the Institute for Legal Studies at the UW Law School and cosponsored by the American Society for Legal History.

Sophia Wilson
  • 2012-2013 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Sophia Wilson Sophia Wilson studies the role judges and police play in supporting and suppressing human rights. Her analysis includes the development of a broad-based nationalism, and its effects on the formation of public conceptions of rights, which in turn, affect judicial and law enforcement behavior. Her fields of specialization include comparative public law, democratization, global human rights and gender politics.

As a Jerome Hall fellow, Wilson will revise and expand her dissertation manuscript, Human Rights, Judicial and Law Enforcement Behavior in the Post-Soviet World. The project examines why judges and police support some rights in violation of authoritarian repressive codes and yet suppress other rights despite lenient state policies. She conducted fieldwork in Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, having received grants from IREX-IARO and Chester Fritz. She was also a FLAS fellow and studied Persian language and Middle East Politics, and received a dissertation writing grant from the University of Washington graduate school.

Wilson's article "Courts, Police and Journalists: Overlooked Support for Press Freedom in Post-Soviet Authoritarian States," is forthcoming in Problems of Post-Communism. She earned her BA degree in broadcast journalism and MA in political science from Utah State University and MA and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of Washington. In 2010-2012 she taught Comparative Law, International Human Rights Law, Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics, Russian Foreign Policy and Women's Rights courses at the University of Washington.

Leila Kawar
  • 2011-2012 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Leila Kawar Leila Kawar is interested in the relationship between legality and the politics of migration. Focusing on the role of the legal profession and juridical expertise, she studies migration and citizenship laws, at both the national and international levels, as fields of knowledge production. Her fields of specialization include comparative public law, law and society, human rights, and immigration and citizenship policies.

As a Jerome Hall fellow, Kawar will work on her manuscript, Defining Legal Frontiers: Legal Liberalism and the Juridical Construction of Immigrant Rights in the United States and France. The project contrasts the historical development of immigrant rights lawyering in the United States and France since the 1970s, a period in which industrialized states moved toward more restrictive immigration policies. She will also start a new project, which examines the transnational governance of migrant labor, focusing on the evolving construction of ideas about the human rights of migrant workers.

Kawar completed her doctoral studies in the interdisciplinary Law and Society Program at New York University and holds a master's degree in anthropology from the London School of Economics. She received a bachelors degree with honors from Harvard College. She has taught in the Politics Department at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she is on leave from her position as Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University.

She has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Council for European Studies, and the Lurcy Foundation. Her research on the politics of migrant rights has appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, Citizenship Studies, and Studies in Law, Politics & Society. She coordinates the Law & Society Association's Collaborative Research Network on Immigration and Citizenship.

Katherine Turk
  • 2011-2012 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Katherine Turk Katherine Turk researches the mainstreaming of postwar American feminism and the challenges of defining and creating sex equality amidst fractious interest group politics, legal and bureaucratic institutions, diverse populations of workers, and seismic shifts in American political economy. During her year as a Jerome Hall fellow, she will revise and expand her dissertation manuscript. That study, “Equality on Trial: Women and Work in the Age of Title VII,” analyzes struggles to interpret and implement workplace sex discrimination law from the 1960s to the early 1990s.

An article drawn from her dissertation, “Out of the Revolution, Into the Mainstream: Employment Activism in the NOW Sears Campaign and the Growing Pains of Liberal Feminism,” appeared in the Journal of American History in September 2010. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and the American Society for Legal History.

Turk received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University with honors in history and political science in 2004. In 2005, she held professional positions at the Women Employed Institute and American Association of University Women and received a graduate certificate in Women, Policy and Political Leadership at American University. She earned a master’s degree in history in 2007 and a doctorate in history in 2011, both from the University of Chicago. In 2011, Turk was appointed Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is on leave from that position during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Sadia Saeed
  • 2010-2011 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Sadia Saeed Sadia Saeed’s research explores intersections between law, religion, and politics in Pakistan through a focus on the historically shifting relationship between the Pakistani state, religious nationalism, and legal representations of the heterodox religious minority, the Ahmadiyya community. In particular, she considers the meanings that notions of statehood, religious rights, and Muslim citizenship have acquired through processes of nation-state formation.

As a Jerome Hall fellow, Saeed will work on her book manuscript provisionally titled Politics of Exclusion: Muslim Nationalism, State Formation and Legal Representations of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan.

Saeed received her BSc with honors in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and an MA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Saeed is pursuing her PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. At Michigan, she has taught courses in sociological theory.

Her research has appeared in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism and she has received the Charles and Louise Tilly Prize for the best graduate student paper at the Social Science History Association. She has been awarded the American Institute for Pakistan Studies Fellowship.

Camille Walsh
  • 2010-2011 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Camille Walsh Camille Walsh specializes in 20th century U.S. legal history, the development of the right to education, and the concept of “taxpayer citizenship.” Her research and teaching interests include 19th and 20th century U.S. legal history, tax law and policy, education law and history, African American history and the long civil rights movement, women’s history, and race, gender, and poverty.

Walsh received her BA from New York University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and her MA and PhD in US history from the University of Oregon. She has received fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, the University Club of Portland, and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

As a Jerome Hall Fellow, Walsh will work on her manuscript, Guardians of Inequality: Class, Race and the Struggle over Education in U.S. Courts, 1899-1974, which examines the intersection of class and race segregation in litigation over public schools in the 20th century and the failure of courts to respond to demands for educational equality rooted in both economic and racial discrimination.

Guardians of Inequality adds to existing scholarship by tracing the emergence of an identity as “taxpaying citizens” both by those protesting educational segregation and inequality and, later, by those defending unequal and segregated school systems.

Megan Francis
  • 2009-2010 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Megan Francis Megan Francis specializes in the study of American political and constitutional development. Her research interests include race and ethnic politics, the long civil rights movement, social movements, criminal justice, public policy, and legal history. Francis received her BA from Rice University and her MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University. She has been a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago and has received a research fellowship from the Ford Foundation.

Francis is currently at work on her manuscript, Crime and Citizenship: The NAACP's Campaign to End Racial Violence, 1909-1923, which explores the role and strategies employed by the organization in shaping civil rights activism in America.

Crime and Citizenship challenges traditional understandings about the emergence of litigation as a resource in the civil rights movement and makes a persuasive case that the NAACP impacted the national political scene (in Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court) during the first quarter of the 20th century in a way that has yet to be accounted for in existing scholarship.

Alexei Trochev
  • 2009-2010 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow

Alexei Trochev As a Jerome Hall fellow, Alexei Trochev will explore how political competition simultaneously helps and hurts judicial independence in post-communist countries.

Drawing on the experiences of judicial reform in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, he will examine how and why politicians and business people choose to use and/or abuse judicial systems and how judges respond to these pressures in the context of heightened political fragmentation.

Trochev received a bachelor's degree in Russian law from Syktyvkar State University in northwestern Russia. He went on to obtain an MA in public administration from the University of Kansas and a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto. He has taught at Queen’s University in Canada and the Pomor State University Law School in Russia.

In addition to several chapters on the informal dimensions of Russian judicial politics, his articles on post-Soviet constitutional courts have appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Law & Society Review, I∙CON International Journal of Constitutional Law, East European Constitutional Review, and Demokratizatsiya. His book, Judging Russia: Constitutional Court in Russian Politics, 1990-2006 (Cambridge University Press, 2008), received an Outstanding Academic Title Award from Choice magazine.