Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 Appointed Associate Professor of Law
Kohler-Hausmann holds a B.A. from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.A. from Northwestern University. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and received a Ph.D. from New York University in May. Her primary interests are in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Empirical Legal Studies, Tort Law, Sociology of Law, and Legal Theory. She will teach a sociology of law seminar during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Kohler-Hausmann has published articles in a number of journals, including Stanford Law Review, American Journal of Sociology, and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Her paper “Misdemeanor Justice: Control Without Conviction,” which recently appeared in American Journal of Sociology, was awarded the 2014 Law and Society Association Graduate Student Paper Prize. The paper was also awarded a Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association, Section on Community and Urban Sociology and the James F. Short Jr. Distinguished Article Award by the American Sociological Association, Section of Crime, Law & Deviance. In addition, her paper “Managerial Justice & Mass Misdemeanors” (published in Stanford Law Review) was awarded the 2014 Law and Society Association Article Prize. Kohler-Hausmann is currently a Research Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, and previously served as an Associate in felony and misdemeanor criminal defense at the New York office of Ilissa Brownstein & Associates.
“Kohler-Hausmann is an extraordinarily bright and incisive young scholar,” said Dean Robert Post '77. “Her expertise in sociology, her deep and perceptive understanding of the criminal justice system, and her unique fusion of theory and practice make her an ideal addition to our faculty.”