Core Faculty

Rumee Ahmed (Asian Studies)                                                   Research Interests: His writing and research span religion, law, theology, philosophy, and hermeneutics. He is the author of Sharia Compliant: A User’s Guide to Hacking Islamic Law (Stanford University Press, 2018) and Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory (Oxford University Press, 2012), and is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Objectives of Islamic Law (Lexington Books, 2018).

Carole Blackburn (Anthropology/ Sociology)
Research Interests: Legal and political anthropology, governmentality, race and colonization, human rights, indigenous rights and sovereignty, First Nations and the Canadian state, injury, trauma and reconciliation.

Ayesha Chaudhry (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) Research Interests: Human rights, gender, religious freedom and pluralism. She is the author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has consulted on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. Dr. Chaudry’s most recent book is The Colour of God (2021).

Mark Harris (Gender, Race, and Social Justice)
Research Interests: Law and Society. Instructor for Law and Society 204

Katharine Huemoeller (CNERS)                                              Research Interests: Roman social history, ancient and comparative slavery, documentary texts, gender and sexuality, ancient law, and non urban life in antiquity. Dr. Huemoeller is currently working on a book on the sexual dimension of ancient Roman slavery.

Renisa Mawani (Sociology)
Research Interests: Law and Society, Sociology of Empire, Historical/ Comparative Sociology, Transnational Histories, Sociology of Modernity, Postcolonial Theory, Biopolitics and Racisms, South Asia

Bradley Miller (History)
Research Interests: Dr. Miller’s focuses on ideas and practices of state power and governance in British North America/Canada from the early nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, primarily on how law and legal order were intellectually shaped and operated. Currently, he is finishing up a book on international fugitive criminals in British North America/Canada, looking in particular at how Canadian and colonial law developed.

Bruce Miller (Anthropology)
Research Interests: Dr. Miller’s research concerns the comparative study of indigenous peoples and their relationships with the state in its various forms. In particular, he examines tribal justice/legal initiatives and the circumstances of indigenous communities without state recognition. Also, his work concerns community social organization and political life, especially within the Coast Salish communities of British Columbia and Washington state. In addition, he considers the nature of research and the influences of litigation on anthropological knowledge. Finally, his research addresses the contemporary international debate around the concept of indigenousness and the international connections between indigenous peoples and groups.