August 17, 2017

Visiting Scholars

David Armitage

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard University, where he teaches intellectual history and international history. Professor Armitage is the author or editor of fifteen books, including The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000) and The Foundations of Modern International Thought (2013). Read more about David Armitage[…]

Joshua Barkan

Joshua Barkan is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia. His research interests include critical social theory, legal and economic geography, globalization and state theory, and corporations and sovereignty.  He is the author of Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government under Capitalism (Minnesota, 2013) as well as a variety of articles and other publications Read more about Joshua Barkan[…]

Lauren Benton

Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt, History and Law) is Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Nelson O. Tyrone, Jr. Chair in History, and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Benton is a distinguished scholar and experienced academic leader whose award-winning work spans history, law and anthropology.  Her research focuses on the comparative legal history of Read more about Lauren Benton[…]

David Ciepley

David Ciepley is an associate professor in Political Science at the University of Denver whose work centers on the political theory of the corporate order. He is the author of Liberalism in the Shadow of Totalitarianism (Harvard, 2006), as well as a number of articles and a forthcoming book project on the nature of corporations, Read more about David Ciepley[…]

Steve Coll (Keynote)

Steve Coll is the Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia Journalism School. Coll is a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Read more about Steve Coll (Keynote)[…]

Andrew Fitzmaurice

Andrew Fitzmaurice is a Professor of History at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the ideologies of European empires, as evidenced in his first book Humanism and America: An Intellectual History of English Colonisation, 1500-1625 (2003).  His recent book, Sovereignty, Property and Empire 1500-2000 (2014) examines Europeans’ justifications for the appropriation of land Read more about Andrew Fitzmaurice[…]

Erika George

Erika George is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the University of Utah. Her research interests include globalization and the indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated nature of civil liberties and socio-economic rights; cultural pluralism and rights universalism; gender violence and gender equality; justice and peace promotion in post-conflict societies; Read more about Erika George[…]

Gwendolyn Gordon

Gwendolyn Gordon is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An anthropologist and ethnographer by training, her research centers on an ethnographically-informed comparative corporate law, focusing specifically on the intersection of indigenous peoples’ cultural norms with issues of corporate governance and social responsibility. Related Read more about Gwendolyn Gordon[…]

Turkuler Isiksel

Turkuler Isiksel (Ph.D., Yale) works in contemporary political theory and is particularly interested in political institutions beyond the nation-state. Professor Isiksel combines the perspectives of normative theory, legal analysis, and institutionalist political science in her research. She is particularly interested in how descriptive and normative categories tailored to the nation-state apply to institutions that wield political Read more about Turkuler Isiksel[…]

Jenny Martinez

Jenny S. Martinez is a Professor of Law at Stanford University, is a leading expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law and the laws of war. Her research focuses on the role of courts and tribunals in advancing and protecting human rights, ranging from her work on the all-but-forgotten Read more about Jenny Martinez[…]

Steven Press

Steven Press is an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard and Vanderbilt before coming to Stanford. His research interests include European sovereignty, international relations, and commodity networks.  Press’ first book, Rogue Empires: Conmen and Contracts Read more about Steven Press[…]

Sergio Puig

Sergio Puig joined the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2014 as an Associate Professor of Law. Sergio’s main academic interests include topics related to international economic law, international arbitration, law and society, network analysis and the law and the legal profession. <!–more–> In addition to International Trade Law, this year Read more about Sergio Puig[…]

Mira Siegelberg

Mira Siegelberg’s research focuses on transatlantic intellectual history and the history of legal and political thought. She is especially interested in the history of international and global order, and in the concepts, norms, and institutions relating to law and politics at these scales.  Her forthcoming book, Statelessness: A Modern History (with Harvard University Press) traces Read more about Mira Siegelberg[…]

John G. Ruggie (Keynote)

John G. Ruggie is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Trained as a political scientist, Ruggie has made significant intellectual contributions to the study of international relations, focusing on the impact of globalization on global rule making. Read more about John G. Ruggie (Keynote)[…]

Henry Turner

Henry Turner is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University. His research and teaching is rooted in the historical and cultural study of Renaissance literature, especially drama, but extends into the sociology and philosophy of science. He is the author of, among other things, The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions Read more about Henry Turner[…]

Marina Welker

Marina Welker is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research centers on the ethical relationship between business and society. Her first project, which culminated in her recently published book entitled Enacting the Corporation (2014), was an ethnographic study of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) industry that is creating and installing voluntary social and Read more about Marina Welker[…]

Natasha Wheatley

Natasha Wheatley is an historian of modern European and international history, with a specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century legal and intellectual history. Her research explores the conceptual history of rights, sovereignty and legal personality, as well as the politics and practices of legal knowledge. She is especially interested in the mythic and affective dimensions of Read more about Natasha Wheatley[…]

Mark Wu

Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School.  His research focuses on international trade law, including issues concerning emerging economies, digital trade, intellectual property, trade remedies, environment, and investment.  In 2016, he was appointed by the World Trade Organization to serve on the Advisory Board for the WTO Chairs Programme.  Wu also serves Read more about Mark Wu[…]