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Shauhin Talesh

Discipline: Law & Sociology
University of California, Irvine

Shauhin Talesh is Professor of Law and also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. Talesh also directs the Law and Graduate Studies Program at UC Irvine, is an faculty advisory board member with UC Irvine’s Center for Law, Society and Culture, and a faculty affiliate with the Long US-China Institute for Business and Law.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. and LL.M in Insurance from the University of Connecticut, and his B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine.  Prior to obtaining a Ph.D., he was a lawyer for a number of years specializing in civil business litigation, with a focus on commercial and insurance law.

Professor Talesh is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans law, sociology, and political science. His research interests include the empirical study of law and business organizations, dispute resolution, consumer protection, insurance, and the relationship between law and social inequality. In particular, his empirical research focuses on how private organizations respond to legal regulations and what impact these responses have on rights in terms of procedural fairness and substantive justice for individuals.  Theoretically, his work draws upon and elaborates neo-institutional work in organizational sociology, political science studies of business influence over legislation and regulation, the sociology of risk, and law and society scholarship on dispute resolution in organizations, studies of the law-in-action, and access to justice.

Professor Talesh’s scholarship has appeared in multiple law and peer-reviewed social science journals including Law and Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Law & Policy. His scholarship has won multiple best paper awards for the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Law & Society Association.

Talesh is an avid traveler.  While in graduate school, Talesh sailed on Semester at Sea as the Assistant Director of Student Life in summer, 2008.  After putting on one of the most attended workshops during that voyage on “careers in law and going to law school,” Talesh set a goal of trying to sail as a faculty member and bring a focus on law and legal institutions to ship life.  He is excited to now have the opportunity to teach on the MV World Odyssey and experience this journey with students, lifelong learners, staff and faculty.