Emerging Scholars Workshop


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The Rule of Law Collaborative’s Emerging Scholars Workshop is a small, closed-door, interdisciplinary gathering of academics whose work significantly impacts or centers on the rule of law. Six emerging scholars will present a draft of a journal article, a book or dissertation chapter, or a nascent concept piece to discuss at the workshop. Each scholar has been paired with an Academic Partner here at USC, who will review the work and offer comments. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a collegial forum for academics to discuss important rule of law work as well as help participants build a strong, lasting peer network across disciplines and institutions.

The workshop will take place on November 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Faculty Conference Room 302. We expect 15-25 people to attend, including the six Academic Partners, six Emerging Scholars, and other faculty and staff from around the USC campus. The following academics have confirmed their participation:

  • Brady G’sell, University of Michigan, Anthropology (Role of South African family maintenance courts in mediating gendered access to social citizenship and political identity)

Academic Partner: Breanne Grace, Assistant Professor, College of Social Work

  • Daysi Diaz-Strong, University of Chicago, Social Service Administration (Developmental vulnerabilities of undocumented adolescent arrivals and the role of immigration policy)

Academic Partner: Ben Roth, Assistant Professor, College of Social Work

  • David Nguyen, University of North Dakota, Education, (Not Just About Bathrooms: Gender Variant Students, Equity in Education, and the Rule of Law)

Academic Partner: Doyle Stevick, Associate Professor, College of Education

  • Renato Lima de Oliveira, M.I.T., Political Science, (How resource-rich developing countries change regulations and laws instead of getting locked into the resource curses)

Academic Partner: Gerald A. McDermott, Professor, School of Business

  • Roger-Claude Liwanga, Harvard University, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights (Roof-Knocking Tactic: A Legal and Effective Warning Technique under the Laws of War?)

Academic Partner: Steven Austermiller, Senior International Development Expert, Rule of Law Collaborative

  • Nora Webb Williams, University of Washington, Political Science, (Origins and impact of Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council in terms of authoritarian consolidation)

Academic Partner: Brad Epperly, Assistant Professor, Political Science