A law professor and a sociologist, Michele Landis Dauber has written highly original historical and sociological studies focusing on the history of social provision and the US welfare state. Her first book, The Sympathetic State (2013 University of Chicago Press) received numerous distinguished book awards and prizes including from the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the American Society for Legal History, and the Law and Society Association.
Professor Dauber has received numerous grants for her research including from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently working on a project about the history of resettlement and relocation following catastrophes.
Professor Dauber is the recipient of the 2006 Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University’s highest teaching honor. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2001, Professor Dauber was a clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (1999-2001).
From 2011-13, Professor Dauber co-chaired the Board on Judicial Affairs and helped to lead the process that revised Stanford’s policy on sexual assault. She is a nationally-respected advocate for improving college and university policies on sexual assault in order to increase compliance with Title IX.
She is an avid outdoorswoman and skiier, and has backpacked more than 2000 miles in the Sierra Nevada. A mother of five, Dauber lives in Palo Alto with her husband Ken, a Google engineer, their son Elliot, and their five chickens.
BSW Illinois at Chicago (Jane Addams C. of Social Work) 1993
JD Northwestern University School of Law 1998
PhD (Sociology) The Graduate School at Northwestern University 2003
Secretary-Treasurer and Member, Board of the Delano Foundation for Law in the Public Interest, Yale Law School
Professional Associations: Law & Society Association; American Sociological Association, American Society for Legal History, American Historical Association; Social Science History Association; American Political Science Association
Manuscript/Proposal Reviews: Law & Society Review; Journal of American History; American Historical Review; American Journal of Sociology; National Science Foundation; Law and History Review, University of Illinois Press, Law and Social Inquiry, American Nineteenth Century History.
Recipient, Stanford University Walter J. Gores Award, 2006
J. David Greenstone Book Prize (American Political Science Association Politics and History Section), 2014 (co-winner)
Distinguished Book Award (American Sociological Association Sociology of Law Section), 2014
J. Willard Hurst Book Prize (Law and Society Assn) (Honorable Mention), 2013
Stanford CCSRE, Faculty Research Fellow and Grant Recipient, 2012
Woods Institute for the Environment, Uncommon Dialogue Grant Recipient, 2011
Irvine Foundation Junior Faculty Professional Development Fellowship, 2006
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005
Paul L. Murphy Award, American Society for Legal History, 2004
Harvard Society of Fellows Junior Fellowship, 2001-2004 (declined)
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Beeke-Levy Research Fellow, 2000-01
Law & Society Association Summer Institute Grant, 2000
American Bar Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1999-2001
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1999-2000 (declined)
Lord & Bissell Academic Fellowship, Northwestern Univ. Law School, 1997-98
Illinois Women’s Bar Foundation Scholarship, 1996
Cathy Novak Memorial Scholarship, Northwestern Univ. Law School, 1995