Scholars bring wide-ranging expertise and experience

(From left) Daphna Renan, Elizabeth Papp Kamali and Alexandra Natapoff.

With the transition towards a new academic year, two current Harvard Law School scholars have been promoted and one new hire has joined the ranks of the faculty. Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07, a scholar specializing in medieval legal history, and Daphna Renan, who studies presidential power and administrative governance, have been named professors of law. Kamali was also recently named a deputy dean. In addition, Alexandra Natapoff, a leading expert in criminal law and procedure, misdemeanors, informants, public defense, and law and inequality, joins the Harvard Law faculty as the Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law. Natapoff comes to HLS from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where she was the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and co-director of the Center in Law, Society and Culture. The appointments are effective July 1, 2020.


Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07

Elizabeth Papp Kamali

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Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07, a scholar specializing in medieval legal history, has been promoted to professor of law and a deputy dean at Harvard Law School. Kamali, who joined the faculty in 2015 as an assistant professor, focuses her research on medieval English legal history, including the history of the criminal trial jury, the transition away from trial by ordeal, and the importance of such factors as anger and intoxication in felony adjudication.

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Alexandra Natapoff

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Alexandra Natapoff, a leading expert in criminal law and procedure, misdemeanors, informants, public defense, and law and inequality, joins the Harvard Law faculty as the Lee S. Kreindler Professor of Law. She was previously a visiting professor of law in fall 2018. Natapoff comes to HLS from the University of California, Irvine School of Law where she was the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and co-director of the Center in Law, Society and Culture.

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Daphna Renan

Daphna Renan

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Daphna Renan, a scholar of presidential power and administrative governance, has been promoted to professor of law at Harvard Law School. Renan, who joined the faculty in 2015 as an assistant professor, has emerged as a prominent scholar of public law, from the perspective of administrative and structural constitutional law. Her work integrates legal analysis with political science and other interdisciplinary perspectives on the presidency and executive power.

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New hires in 2019 included Maureen E. “Molly” Brady, assistant professor of law; Benjamin Eidelson, assistant professor of law; Alan Jenkins ’89, professor of practice; and Laura Weinrib ’03, professor of law. In addition to these appointments, Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08 and Crystal Yang ’13 were both promoted to professors of law.

2019 faculty hires

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