Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Dorr Legg Public Policy Fellow
Sheldon Bernard Lyke is the inaugural Dorr Legg Public Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute. Sheldon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago, finishing a dissertation examining the globalization of law and how courts around the world communicate with each other on human rights issues. A chapter of his dissertation, “Brown Abroad: An Empirical Analysis of Foreign Judicial Citation and the Metaphor of Cosmopolitan Conversation”, will appear in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law in 2012. Sheldon received an A.B. cum laude in Sociology from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. At the University of Chicago, Sheldon served as a lecturer and taught a variety of courses, including: Race as Property, Contemporary Global Issues, and Sexuality & Human Rights. His research explores the role of law and its institutions in the creation and amelioration of social inequality for marginalized people — specifically racial and sexual minorities. He is also the author of “Lawrence as an Eighth Amendment Case: Sodomy and the Evolving Standards of Decency” which appeared in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law.