Mark P. Robinson, Jr.

Shauhin Talesh is Professor of Law and holds an affiliate appointments in the department of Sociology and department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, 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. His legal expertise and experience is in civil business litigation, with a focus on commercial, consumer, 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 law and social science 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 by political scientists (American Politics, American Political Development), the sociology of risk, and law and society scholarship on dispute resolution in organizations, studies of the law-in-action, and access to justice. His theoretically-informed empirical research uses a variety of methods, including historical-archival analysis, interviewing, ethnography, and statistics.

Professor Talesh’s most recent empirical study addresses the intersection between organizations, risk, and consumer protection laws, focusing on private organizations’ responses to and constructions of laws designed to regulate them, consumers’ mobilization of their legal rights and the legal cultures of private organizations.

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 work has won multiple best paper awards for the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, and the Law & Society Association.