Prior to joining the Hastings faculty in 2007, Hadar Aviram practiced as a military defense attorney in the Israel Defense Forces for five years, completed her M.A. in Criminology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her Ph.D. in UC Berkeley's Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, where she studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Regents Intern, and taught at Tel Aviv University. Professor Aviram’s research focuses on the criminal justice system and examines policing, courtroom practices, and broad policy decisions through social science perspectives. Her methodology often combines quantitative, qualitative and experimental tools. Professor Aviram’s most recent projects and publications, including her forthcoming book Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (University of California Press) analyze the impact of the financial crisis on the American correctional landscape and on California corrections in particular. She co-chairs the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice and runs the California Correctional Crisis blog.
Professor Aviram is an open water marathon swimmer and a film noir geek of the highest order, occasionally combining both passions to escape from Alcatraz.
Courses Taught: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure: The Adjudicative Process, Sociology of the Criminal Justice System, Criminalization and Social Control, Theoretical Criminology
Expertise: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Justice, Law and Society, Criminology, Punishment and Corrections, Political Sociology, and Social Movements
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