Law and Policy

Across several of my projects, I have written about and sponsored conversations related to the social life of law. Whether in courtroom settings or in public contestations over government policy, competing notions of justice, rights, and transformation speak to concerns as deeply human as the existential reflections of religious actors. At the core, I seek to draw attention to the unwritten story of law: Social structure and precedents are not destiny, and legal institutions are amenable to being reshaped for undetermined ends.

“Who Gets to Own Land?”
In People before Markets: An Alternative Case Book, edited by Daniel Souleles, Johan Gersel, and Morten Sørensen Thaning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Supplementary teaching materials related to the chapter and book project

Anthropology, Law, and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Conference in Honor of Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis
In April 2016, as part of Brandeis’s campus-wide celebration of the hundredth anniversary of our university namesake’s ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court, I organized a small conference on legal anthropology in April 2016. Anthropologists and social scientists from the greater Boston area met to discuss Justice Brandeis’s legacy and the next generation of legal scholarship informed by an ethnographic and social scientific perspective.