MSU College of Law

MSU Faculty Affiliates

MSU faculty members whose research engages with law and legal institutions are eligible to become Law College Faculty Affiliates.

Faculty Affiliates participate in the intellectual life of the Law College through symposia, speakers, and other public events at the College; presenting research at the College; submitting papers to the Law College’s series on the SSRN-Legal Scholarship Network and other institutional repositories; and promoting events in their home departments that may be of interest to Law College faculty and students.

MSU faculty may apply to be a Law College Faculty Affiliate by submitting a current CV and Affiliate Application (MS Word) to by April 1.

The current Law College Faculty Affiliates are:

Mark Axelrod
Ph.D, Duke University; J.D., Stanford University Law School
Mark Axelrod is an Associate Professor of International Relations in James Madison College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. His scholarship centers around negotiation and implementation of international law, particularly environmental provisions. He studies (1) relationships across issue areas in international politics, including institutional adaptation and stagnation over time, climate change adaptation through Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, and ecological impacts of international trade law; and (2) the interaction between national and international resource governance.

Ryan Black
Ph.D., Washington University
Ryan C. Black is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. His research interests focus on the judiciary and, in particular, the U.S. Supreme Court. His on-going projects include an examination of how personal motivations influence the justice’s behavior, two papers that investigate the role of attorney characteristics on the likelihood of winning, and a paper that evaluates the post-retirement behavior of justices who serve by designation on the court of appeals.

Joshua Cowen
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.P.P., Georgetown University
Joshua M. Cowen is an Associate Professor of Education Policy in the College of Education at Michigan State University. His research interests focus on school choice policy and teacher quality. He has analyzed school choice and teacher quality programs in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin, as well as school accountability programs in New York and Wisconsin. His current research is a collaborative effort focusing on teacher collective bargaining in several states.

Steven Dow
Ph.D., University of Michigan; J.D., Ohio State University
Steven Dow is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Science, School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His research interests involve exploring the overlap between criminal law and civil law, especially in the context of regulating the financial services industry and the automobile industry; and examining the Fourth Amendment limitations on police “knock and talk” practices and other aspects of police-occupant doorway confrontations.

Melinda Gann Hall
Ph.D., University of New Orleans
Melinda Gann Hall is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University and a member of the MSU Distinguished Faculty. Her research utilizes empirical methods of analysis to investigate the operations of state supreme courts, particularly judicial decision making and judicial elections. The decision making studies assess how the justices’ choices are shaped by law, their preferences, institutional design, and the external environment. The judicial elections projects challenge conventional wisdom about these races, including perceptions about the harsh consequences of attack advertising.

Timothy Gates
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Timothy J. Gates is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. His research interests relate to highway and traffic safety, traffic operations, roadway design, and transportation economics. His research has helped inform policy makers as to the effects of various traffic related law and policies, particularly proposed legislation, on highway safety. His research often addresses the impacts of legislation and/or policy on traffic crashes and/or injury severity.

Meredith Gore
Ph.D., Cornell University
Meredith L. Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She is a social scientist working not only to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance but also reduce risk to people and the environment. Her research interests include wildlife conservation and management, human dimensions of wildlife, and laws and norms pertaining to wildlife conservation. Her work is motived by: 1) improving conservation social science methods, 2) generating knowledge for conservation problems, and 3) enhancing concepts of risk and their application to conservation. She is a thought leader in conservation criminology and is currently working on global social science dimensions of wildlife poaching and trafficking. Dr. Gore is currently serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow with the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of the Geographer and Global Affairs.

Matt Grossman
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Matt Grossmann is the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. He studies American public policymaking, especially the roles of interest groups, political parties, and public opinion. His current work investigates the role of income inequality in policy responsiveness.

Angela Hall
J.D., Ph.D., Florida State University
Angela T. Hall is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Her research interests include employee accountability, social factors that impact employee behavior, and legal claiming; the conditions under which employees invoke their legal rights vis-à-vis their employers; and legal issues in human resources management such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Current projects include a multi-disciplinary study examining employee rights and barriers to employment; gathering of data from a project involving ex-offenders; examining how employers may remove legal and social barriers to employment for persons with disabilities so that they may obtain and retain employment; and co-authoring a paper on the legality and human resources management practicality of pre-employment personality testing.

Stacy Hickox
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Stacy A. Hickox is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, College of Social Science at Michigan State University. She focuses her research on removing barriers for two groups: persons with disabilities and applicants with a criminal record. Research related to persons with disabilities focuses on access to accommodations, such as leave and telework, under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Research related to ex-offenders focuses on employer policies and state law restrictions which have a disparate impact on protected groups. Her most recent project looks at accommodations which allegedly conflict with the rights of other employees or the processes established in a collective bargaining agreement, and includes extensive review of court decisions which consider such conflicts in determining whether an accommodation is reasonable or imposes an undue burden on the employer.

Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich
Ph.D., University of Delaware; S.J.D., Harvard Law School
Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research is focused on courts and policing, both internationally and comparatively. She studies how lay participants make decisions in legal cases. In the area of international law, she examines how victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity evaluate justice delivered by the transnational and domestic courts. She also explores issues of police integrity, accountability, and legitimacy.

Thomas Jeitschko
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Thomas D. Jeitschko is a Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. His research areas include industrial organization, antitrust and consumer protection, and law and economics with sub-specialties in auctions, procurement, intellectual property, financial markets, network industries, platforms and media, and litigation. He has expertise in financial markets and securities and derivatives; exchanges/ telecommunications and internet content provision; in intellectual property; auctions; and pricing practices and price gouging.

Mohammad Hassan Khalil
PH.D., University of Michigan
Mohammad Hassan Khalil is an associate professor of Religious Studies, adjunct professor of Law, and the director of the Muslim Studies program.  He earned his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan and specializes in Islamic thought.  He is author of Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others (Oxford University Press, 2013).  He is currently completing a book on jihad and radicalism.

Patricia Marin
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Patricia Marin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, College of Education at Michigan State University. Her work in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) at Michigan State University bridges issues of access, equity, diversity, and policy in higher education. Current research examines research used in policy and practice, with a focus on the law. Additional research foci include admissions policies and affirmative action, the changing nature of Hispanic Serving Institutions, Latino students in higher education, and diversity in college classrooms. Her largest current project examines how the various actors in the Fisher affirmative action case engaged with research when preparing their briefs. The research also analyzes how the connections between researchers and the organizations generating the briefs influence the acquisition of research as well as how it was interpreted and used.

Sarah Reckhow
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Sarah Reckhow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests include urban politics, education policy, nonprofits and philanthropy, and racial and ethnic politics. Her work on urban schools has focused on policy reforms in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Detroit. She has studied different governance arrangements for urban districts, including state and mayoral control. Current projects include the recent award of a research grant to study the use of research evidence in the development of teacher quality policy debates.

Eric Scorsone
Ph.D., Colorado State University
Eric Scorsone is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Local Government Finance and Policy within College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. His research focuses on law and public finance with a particular focus on municipal government. He works at the intersection of how law shapes municipal financial decisions and law responds to municipal financial decisions.

Brandon Sullivan
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Brandon A. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. His research focuses primarily on emerging areas of crime and justice, particularly those involving transnational criminal enterprises and networks, including fraud, product counterfeiting, extremist financial crime, and environmental/conservation crime. Current research includes the examination of relevant laws, the enforcement of those laws, and their impact on both individual criminal behavior and actions taken by various legal actors.

Laura Cabrera
Ph.D., Charles Sturt University
Laura Cabrera is an Assistant Professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. Her research interests focus on the ethical, social, legal, and policy implications of neurotechnology, in particular when this is used without a clear medical purpose. Her current research analyzes attitudes toward pharmacological and brain stimulation enhancing interventions, their normative and health policy implications, and the ethical and regulatory challenges in the use of psychiatric interventions.

John T. Yun
Ed.D., Harvard University
John T. Yun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. His areas of expertise include diverse learners and educational equity, educational policy, and evaluation. His research focuses on issues of equity in education, specifically patterns of school segregation; the effect of poverty and opportunity on educational outcomes; the educative/counter-educative impacts of high-stakes testing and the power of evaluation and the law to impact policy and practice.

April Zeoli
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the impact and implementation of statutes governing the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence. She conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Current projects focus on firearm use in domestic violence and the potential impact of legal firearm restriction for perpetrators of domestic violence on intimate partner homicide.