Former Williams Institute Visiting Scholars
Kees Waaldijk, Spring 2014 McDonald/Wright Chair of Law & Visiting Professor of Law
Kees Waaldijk is a distinguished LGBT legal scholar best known for comparative law projects focusing on LGBT legal rights, the legal recognition of same-sex couples, and anti-discrimination protections. As of Spring 2011, Waaldijk is the inaugural Chair of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law at Leiden Law School in the Netherlands. He cultivates an international network of scholars and practitioners interested in LGBT law and his work bridges traditional legal research and empirical research, making him an excellent fit for the Williams Institute’s interdisciplinary focus and growing international presence. During the 2014 Spring semester he is the Institute’s McDonald/Wright Chair of Law, teaching a course on Comparative Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA School of Law.
Scott Barclay, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy
Scott Barclay is Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute where he focuses on LGBT public opinion-related research. From 2009 through 2011, he was a Program Director for the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation. Scott received his PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and he completed his undergraduate degree in Australia. He is presently on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association and he previously served on the Editorial Board, State University of New York Press. Along with Anna-Maria Marshall and Mary Bernstein, he edited the book, Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law (NYU Press 2009). His research has been published in a number of academic journals, including Law & Social Inquiry, Perspectives on Politics, Law and Policy, and Studies in Law, Politics and Society. His current research project explores the interplay of political, demographic, cultural, and social movement factors that influence legislative and judicial action around lesbian and gay rights since 1971.
Henny Bos, Spring 2012 International Visiting Scholar
Henny Bos is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Pedagogical and Educational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include child adjustment, family relationships and functioning in patchwork families, and same-sex attraction among adolescents. She has worked in the Department of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Utrecht University and with the Rutgers NISSO Group, where her research focused on gay and lesbian health and workplace issues. From 2000-2004, Henny carried out her Ph.D .research on Dutch planned lesbian families. She co-edited the book “From Adoption to Oocyte Donation: Solutions for Infertility” (English title). Together with Williams Institute Visiting Distinguished Scholar and principal researcher Nanette Gartrell, Henny is co-investigator of the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study. Henny Bos is a member of the International School of Education and Development, the International Academy of Sex Research, the American Psychological Association, and the Nederlandse Vereniging van Seksuologie (NVVS—Dutch Association of Sexologists). She has served as a guest editor for the journals Patient, Education, and Counseling, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, and the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Richard G. Wight, 2012 Visiting Scholar of Public Policy
Richard G. Wight is an Associate Researcher in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. For more than two decades he has conducted groundbreaking interdisciplinary research on stress and health experiences of individuals vis-à-vis the people and places around them, and this work has been widely published in the U.S. and internationally. His early publications were among the first to address public health and health policy issues relating to informal AIDS caregiving in the United States and he is a leading expert on the neighborhood context of health. Wight has led multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, including his innovative study of AIDS caregiving dyads in which he examined care-related health effects of stigma and uncertainty about the future among men and women navigating the evolving AIDS epidemic. Currently he is developing life course studies that examine aging, stress, and health processes among the growing population of midlife and older lesbians and gay men, with a particular focus on the health effects of same-sex legal marriage. He challenges research that emphasizes individualistic approaches to the study of issues pertinent to the well-being of the LGBT community by investigating the social, historical, and legal contexts within which sexual minority aging-related health disparities arise. Wight earned a B.S. in Sociology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and an M.P.H. and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jovan Kojičić, Spring 2011 Williams International Visiting Scholar
Jovan Kojičić is the adviser to the Prime Minister of Montenegro on human rights. He is currently working on completing a book on LGBT rights in the Western Balkans. Professor Kojičić is an Assistant Professor in European Law. He joined the Faculty of Administrative and European Studies in Podgorica in April 2008, and received his Juris Doctorate at the Viadrina European University in Germany. He also completed his post-doctoral thesis in the field of human rights, social change and international law in the Department of Sociology at Lund University, Sweden. He is a member of the Southeast Europe Society and the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL) for Montenegro. In 2009, he was the principal organizer of the “Justice in the Balkans: Equality for Sexual Minorities” conference, the first conference of its kind in the Western Balkans. Last summer, along with the Williams Institute and the Government of Montenegro, he spearheaded an LGBT sensitivity training program for a delegation of Montenegrin police office in Toronto and Los Angeles. He is currently organizing a conference on judicial and law enforcement training in Montenegro with similar objectives.
David B. Cruz, Fall 2009 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar
David B. Cruz returned to the Williams Institute after being the Institute’s first Visiting Scholar in 2003. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and President of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association (2005-2009). Professor Cruz holds a B.S. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, and a B.A. in Drama, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine; an M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University; and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Law Review and first in his class at time of graduation. Prior to joining the USC faculty, he clerked for the Hon. Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and worked in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States (then, Drew S. Days, III). His primary areas of scholarship and practice are constitutional law and sex, gender, and sexual orientation law. Cruz is admitted to the bars of the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court, a past Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, and one of the General Counsel of the national American Civil Liberties Union. Professor Cruz is a member of Faculty Advisory Committee for the Williams Institute. He blogs at www.cruzlines.org.
Catherine Smith, Spring 2009 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar
Catherine Smith is the fifth Williams Institute Visiting Scholar. Professor Smith will be at the UCLA School of Law campus as part of the Williams Institute faculty during the 2009 spring semester in order to continue her research and writing on critical race theory and sexual orientation law.
Catherine Smith is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Smith clerked for the late Chief Judge Henry A. Politz of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for U.S. Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe Jr. She then served as a legal fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Smith was an Assistant Professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from 2000 to 2004.
Professor Smith teaches Torts, Advanced Torts, and Employment Discrimination. Her research interests include torts, civil rights law, and critical race theory. Professor Smith’s current work in progress is entitled “Straight Scrutiny,” which explores how state and federal courts reinforce heterosexism in equal protection law by ignoring the racial and class diversity of the LGBT community in order to deny a “politically powerful minority” heightened scrutiny.
Ed Stein, 2007 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar
Professor Stein visited the Williams Institute as its fourth visiting scholar. He is from Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he specializes in family law, sexuality, gender and the law, bioethics.
Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Stein taught in the philosophy departments at Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, and New York University. In 2001-02, he clerked for Judge Dolores Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is the author of numerous articles and books on legal, philosophical, and scientific topics, including The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory and Ethics of Sexual Orientation and Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. His research focuses on issues at the intersection of family law and sexual orientation, gender and the law. He maintains a Web site at http://www.edstein.com/.
Yuval Merin, 2004 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar
Professor Yuval Merin visited the Williams Institute as its third visiting scholar. He visited the UCLA School of Law as part of the Williams Institute faculty during the 2004 spring semester in order to continue his research and writing on gender, sexuality and the law.
Professor Merin received an LL.B. (J.D. equivalent, 1993) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Masters of Laws, with a concentration in International and Constitutional Law (1997), and a Doctor of Judicial Science (2000), both from New York University School of Law. In Jerusalem, he worked as a legal assistant at the Civil Legal Aid Association (1991-2), as a legal intern at Moshe Argov & Co. (1993), and as a judicial clerk for Justice Mishael Cheshin in the Supreme Court of Israel (1993-4). In New York, Merin worked as a legal advisor at Trachtenberg & Rodes and as a research assistant for Professors David A. J. Richards and Ronald Dworkin.
Professor Merin has taught at Haifa University School of Law and Tel Aviv University School of Law. He is currently a senior law lecturer and full-time faculty member at the College of Management School of Law in Tel Aviv, Israel. Professor Merin’s areas of teaching include Civil Procedure; Sexuality, Gender and the Law; and International Protection of Human Rights.
Peter Kar Yu Kwan, 2003 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar
Professor Peter Kwan visited the UCLA School of Law campus as part of the Williams Institute faculty during the 2003 fall semester in order to continue his research and writing on critical race theory and sexual orientation law. Professor Kwan received both a Bachelor of Laws (1986) and a Bachelors of Arts (1987) from the University of Sydney; a Master of Laws (1993) from Columbia University; and a Master of Laws (1999) with honors from University of Sydney.
Among his many academic distinctions is serving as the Articles and Associate Editor of both the Journal of Chinese Law and the Journal of Transnational Law at Columbia University. He has directed the Santa Clara University Summer Law Study Abroad Program in Hong Kong S.A.R./China and has worked as faculty at Boalt Hall School of Law at University of Berkeley, Santa Clara University School of Law, and University of Hong Kong. He is a former visiting professor of law at Golden Gate University School of Law.
In addition to receiving faculty recognition awards from the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association of Santa Clara University School of Law three times, Professor Kwan has received a distinguished service award from the Association of American Law Schools Minority Group Section in 2000. Actively involved in the Association of American Law Schools, he served as the Chair of the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Chair of the Section on Law and the Humanities. As part of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, he served as Chair of the Committee on Individual Rights and Constitutional Law, a member of the Committee on Gay and Lesbian Concerns, and Chair of the Immigration Law Section Executive Committee.
Professor Kwan’s areas of teaching include contracts, constitutional law, comparative law, jurisprudence, critical race theory, and Asian Pacific Americans and the Law. His publications include Metaphysics and Metaphors: Symbiosis and the Quest for Meaning (University of Missouri Kansas City L. Rev) and a review essay, co authored with Robert Chang, titled Civil War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Michigan L. R.).
David B. Cruz, 2003 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar
Professor David B. Cruz is the Williams Institute’s first Visiting Scholar. Professor Cruz was on the UCLA School of Law campus as part of the Williams Institute’s faculty during the 2003 spring semester. His research and writing focused on sexual orientation law and public policy issues.
Professor Cruz received both a B.S. in Mathematics (1988) and a B.A. in Drama (1988) from UC Irvine; an M.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University; and a J.D. (1994) from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root Tilden Snow Scholar.