After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School and clerking for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, I practiced as a commercial litigator in Boston and San Francisco. In 1994, I left the practice of law to pursue a doctorate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.
I joined the USC faculty in 2001, where I teach classes in law, American politics and public policy and have published numerous university-press books, edited volumes, and peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from the asbestos crisis and litigation reform to disability rights and research methods. I have been invited to present at diverse professional and academic settings, including the Aspen Institute, the Institute of Medicine, the American Bar Foundation, the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Public Policy, and UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society and Goldman School of Public Policy.
My current research analyzes bias in media coverage of litigation, lawyers’ ethical duties to confront misleading press accounts of the legal system and how the filing of lawsuits influences attitudes toward claimants and their underlying claims.
- Peter Odegard Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Graduate Student, UC Berkeley (1997-1998)
- Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship (2003 to 2005)
- Author S. Raubenheimer Award for Research, Service and Teaching, USC (2006)
- Gamma Sigma Alpha, Professor of the Year (2008)
- Dornsife Distinguished Faculty Fellow, USC (2011 to 2013)
- National Science Foundation Grant, “Framed? The Social Construction of Rights and Media Coverage in an Age of Judicialization” Award #: 1655281 (2017)
- Center for Excellence in Teach Leadership Institute, USC (2018 to 2019)
- Board of Editors, Justice Systems Journal (2018 to present), Social Sciences (2020 to present)
When not working, I enjoy the Southern California sunshine, surfing, yoga, cooking, and spending time with family.