Meet the Faculty

Our esteemed faculty members are not only practicing and working in the fields that they teach, but they also love to teach legal studies. They are committed to your success and take great joy in teaching students from across the globe.

R. Ben Brown

R. Ben Brown

R. Ben Brown is a lecturer with a continuing appointment in the Legal Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for the Study of Law and Society. His research and teaching interests are United States Legal and Constitutional History and the intersection of property rights and liberty rights. He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His dissertation examined the ending of the common property regime of open-range grazing in the Southern United States in the 19th century. His latest article, published in Radical History Review, was "Free Pigs and Free Men: Closing the Southern Range and the American Property Tradition."

Jonathan Marshall

Jonathan Marshall

Jon Marshall is Director of the Legal Studies Global Access Program. He teaches Foundations of Legal Studies; Law and Society in Asia; and Data, Prediction and Law. He has a background in Political Science and East-Asian Studies and speaks Japanese and Mandarin. Dr. Marshall's publications include:

  • "On Rebuilding: Japan and Legal Consciousness" in Ageishi et al., eds., Gendai Nihon no hō katei: Miyazawa Setsuo sensei kōki kinen (Tokyo: Shinzansha, 2017)
  • "Notions of Rights in the United States and Japan" Education About Asia (Winter 2011)
  • "Democratizing the Law in Japan," in Alisa Gaunder, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics (London: Routledge, 2011)
  • "Who Decides the Role of Courts, State or Society?" in Harry N. Scheiber, ed., Emerging Concepts of Rights in Japanese Law (Institute for Legal Research, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, 2007)
  • "Here Comes the Judge: Freedom of Information and Litigating for Government Accountability," Social Science Japan 23 (April 2002)
  • "Casual Cynics or Disillusioned Democrats? Political Alienation in Japan," Political Psychology 21:4 (December 2000).
  • He was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Political Science at Carthage College from 2005 to 2015. Dr. Marshall earned a B.A. in East-Asian Studies at Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley.

Bruno Salama

Bruno Salama

Bruno Meyerhof Salama is Professor of Law at the FGV School of Law in São Paulo, Brazil, where he is also a director of the Center for Law, Economics and Governance. He holds a J.S.D. and an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Economics from the FGV School of Economics at São Paulo, and a LL.B. from the University of São Paulo. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and is currently a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. He is also an arbiter in the Arbitration Chamber of the Brazilian Stock Exchange (CAM). He has served at the Brazilian National Financial System Appeals Council (CRSFN), with administrative jurisdiction over the local Securities and Exchange Commission, Central Bank and Money Laundering Authority. Before joining academia, he practiced law in Brazil with Pinheiro Neto Advogados and in New York with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. His list of publications includes two books and three edited volumes in Portuguese, as well as numerous articles and book chapters published in Brazil and in the United States on topics related to banking and corporate law, law and economics, and law and development.

Tobias Smith

Tobias Smith

Tobias Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. He also holds a J.D. from Berkeley Law School (2015). His work examines how and why otherwise punitive regimes reduce penal severity. His dissertation, "The Contradictions of Chinese Capital Punishment," is a case study of recent death-penalty reform measures in China.

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