Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Law Center has a long history of hosting distinguished legal scholars through the Frances Lewis Scholar-in-Residence program. The Scholar-in-Residence is a distinguished faculty member with a national or international reputation who is on sabbatical (or similar leave) from his or her home institution. During the visit, which may be a semester or a full academic year in length, the Scholar-in-Residence is engaged in a substantial scholarly project. The Scholar-in-Residence also is invited and encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the Law School, including attending our regular faculty workshop series and other scholarship-related events, presenting the Scholar-in-Residence's own scholarship in a public presentation and/or faculty workshop, and potentially collaborating with members of our faculty on scholarly projects.

Previous Appointments

2022

Professor Ebenezer Durojaye is a Professor of and Head of the Socio-Economic Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute, University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He is a prolific scholar who has written or edited ten books and numerous journal articles related to health, poverty, and socio-economic rights in Africa. In addition, Professor Durojaye has been actively involved in assisting and advising various United Nations and African Commission entities on human rights issues. While at W&L, Professor Durojaye will be working on a book manuscript entitled The Right to Health: An African Perspective, which will explore the contributions that the African human rights system has made to the development of norms concerning the right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.

2021  

Professor Barbora Holá is an award winning empirical legal scholar of international repute whose teaching and research focuses on international criminal justice, transitional justice after mass atrocities, and etiology of collective violence. During her visit as the Scholar-in-Residence, Barbora will be together with Prof. Mark Drumbl working on a manuscript entitled ‘Getting' Collaborators: Stories and Sentiments Starting in Communist Prague (under contract with OUP). Using original archival material and oral histories of (former) collaborators, the book explores processes of informing to authorities in repressive times and considers what transitional justice should do with informers after repression ends.

2020

Professor Matthew Shaw of Vanderbilt Law School (with a joint appointment with Vanderbilt's Peabody College of education and human development). Professor Shaw's teaching and research focuses on educational law and policy, particularly as it affects underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. During his time as Scholar-in-Residence, Professor Shaw focused on a law review article entitled "The Educational Equities of Plyler v. Doe." As part of this project, Professor Shaw utilized the Powell Archives to examine Justice Powell's education law jurisprudence.

2019

Professor D. Wendy Greene is an award-winning anti-discrimination scholar whose work on misperception discrimination and grooming code discrimination has been widely cited and relied on by federal courts, administrative law judges, and state and local legislatures. As part of her visit to W&L, Professor Greene gave a presentation in November 2019 to the University community entitled "#FreeTheHair: How Black Hair is Making Civil Rights Laws Right," which discussed her work combating race-based discrimination faced by African descendants when they don natural hairstyles, as well  as municipal, state, and federal legal reforms like the C.R.O.W.N. Act that seek to redress this systematic form of racial discrimination.

2017

Professor Kristin Johnson is nationally recognized as a leading scholar of financial markets regulation with research and teaching expertise in the areas of securities regulation, corporate governance, risk management, compliance, and innovative financial technology, including digital financial products and markets. During her visit as the Scholar-in-Residence, Professor Johnson taught a course on Securities Regulation.

2009

Charles Ngwena, University of Pretoria

2008

Qudsia Mirza, University of London

2007

Eoin O'Dell, Trinity College of Dublin

Jeremy Sarkin, University of Lisbon

2006

Neville R. Cox, Trinity College of Dublin

2005

Chistopher J. Whelan, Oxford

2004

Nicholas Bamforth, Queens College, Oxford

David Richards, NYU

2003

Malgosia Fitzmaurice, University of London

2002

David Bruck, Washington and Lee

2001

Andrew Huxley, University of London

2000

Peggy Cooper Davis, NYU

1999

Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. 

Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University (now U of Melbourne)

1998

Deborah DeMott, Duke

1996

Yvonne Scannell, Trinity College of Dublin

1995

Linda Hirshman, Chicago-Kent

1994

Brian Levack, University of Texas

1993

Lewis Solomon, George Washington University

Joseph M. Perillo, Fordham

1991

Richard Delgado, University of Colorado

1990

John C. McCoid II, University of Virginia

Ferdinand Schoeman, South Carolina

1989

Warren Lehman, Wisconsin

1988

Doug Rendleman, William & Mary

1986

Calvin Woodard, University of Virginia

Christopher Osakwe, Tulane

1985

Roger Cramton, Cornell

1984

Richard Nahstoll, Oregon

1983

Harold J. Berman, Harvard

Victor Rosenblum, Northwestern

1982

Curtis Reitz, University of Pennsylvania

1980

Herbert Fingarette, University of California, Santa Barbara

1979

Thomas L. Shaffer, Notre Dame