Eve Darian-Smith

Eve Darian-Smith, UCI global and international studies professor and department chair, has received a $298,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to help bring together global, junior scholars from low to middle income countries for collaborative research at the Law and Society Association’s annual international meeting in Lisbon in 2022. Funding from NSF - and matching funds from LSA - will support travel expenses for researchers not otherwise able to attend the global conference.

“Our goal is to strengthen the world sociolegal studies field and foster global networks and scholarship, especially that of U.S. scholars by connecting them with theoretical, methodological, and policy discussions taking place among law and social science researchers world-wide,” says Darian-Smith who also holds an affiliated faculty position in the UCI School of Law.

The grant will also support international research collaboratives (IRCs) organized to take on specific global sociolegal research projects that will enhance policy making capacity in areas ranging from global pandemics to domestic issues such as adoption or incarceration which are influenced by global processes and by legal developments elsewhere, she says.

Darian-Smith received her bachelor’s and law degrees at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She spent three years working as a corporate lawyer with Corrs Australian Solicitors before returning to school to earn her master’s in anthropology at Harvard and her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was a professor in the departments of anthropology, law and society, and global studies - and twice served as department chair - at UC Santa Barbara from 1995 until fall 2017 when she joined the UCI faculty. During her 22-year UCSB tenure, she took two years of leave to chair the legal studies department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since her arrival at UCI, she’s successfully formalized the program in international studies – which administers one of the top 20 most popular majors on campus - into a full-fledged department, complete with a new Ph.D. program in global studies.

Last year, Darian-Smith was elected to a two-year term as secretary of the Law and Society Association. She’s been an active member in the association since joining its community in 1991.

Read the Law and Society Association’s official announcement: https://www.lawandsociety.org/2021/07/23/lsa-awarded-national-science-foundation-grant/


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