Opportunities for Academics

The Center plays a key role in creating the next generation of academics who will do important research and teaching on the legal profession as well as in facilitating the work of established scholars and practitioners by providing them a platform and a home.

Since 2006 the Center has run an Academic Fellowship program that brings post-doctoral/post-J.D. fellows to the HLS for a two-year, in-resident fellowship to conduct their own research and to assist the Center’s faculty and staff on our research. Our research fellows have come from a number of academic backgrounds, including law, sociology, international relations/political science, economics, psychology, and organizational behavior. These young scholars have gone on to faculty positions at major universities in the United States, India, Korea, and Canada.

The Center currently has an call for fellows to begin ~Fall 2024. Applications can be submitted on a rolling basis. You can download more information, including application instructions here.

Please email Bryon Fong at [email protected] for more information. 

Academic Fellows 2006-present

Michele DeStefano (2006-2009)
Professor of Law, University of Miami; Founder & Executive Director, LawWithoutWalls

Sean Williams (2007-2009)
Scott Baldwin Research Professor in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Gabriele Plickert (2008-2011)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cal Poly – Pomona

Young-Kyu Kim (2008-2010)
Assistant Professor of Management, Korea University Business School

Swethaa Ballakrishnen (2008-2010)
Professor of Law, University of California-Irvine  

Cory Way (2010-2012)

Mihaela Papa (2010-2013)
Director, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School; Lecturer in Global Governance, Tufts University

Daniel Ambrosini (2011-2013)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, McMaster College (Canada)

Pavan Mamidi (2011-2013)
Director, Centre for Experimental Social Sciences, FLAME University

Nick Robinson (2013-2016)
Legal Advisor, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law

John Bliss (2016-2018)
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Denver

Meghan Dawe (2021-present)
Research Social Scientist, American Bar Foundation