Joint appointment in Law, and Criminology, Law & Society, and Sociology
Advisory Board Member and Faculty Affiliate, Center in Law, Society & Culture
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Organizational Research
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.
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 and has won multiple awards in Sociology, Political Science and Law & Society.
Expertise: Civil procedure, consumer law, insurance, business organizations, empirical legal studies, law and society
Current Courses: Procedural Analysis
Prior Courses Taught: Insurance Law & Regulation, Procedural Analysis, Corporate Responses to Legal Regulation, Advance Writing: Law Review, Procedural Analysis
- "Legislatures and the Puzzle of Institutional Change and Stability: An Institutional-Political Analysis of How Private Organizations Influence the Form and Content of Social Reform Legislation," Law & Social Inquiry (under review 2013)
- "How the 'Haves' Come Out Ahead in the Twenty-First Century," DePaul L. Rev. (forthcoming 2013) (invited submission for Clifford Symposium, honoring the work of Marc Galanter)
- "Insurance Law as Public Interest Law," 2 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. (2012)
- "How Dispute Resolution System Design Matters: An Organizational Analysis of Dispute Resolution Structures and Consumer Lemon Laws," 46 Law and Society Rev. 463 (2012)
- "To Comply or Not to Comply – That Isn’t the Question: How Organizations Construct the Meaning of Compliance," in C. Parker & V. Nielsen, eds., Explaining Compliance. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. (with Lauren Edelman) (2012)
- "The Privatization of Public Legal Rights: How Manufacturers Construct the Meaning of Consumer Law," 43 Law & Society Rev. 527-562 (2009)
- "Mental Health Court Judges as 'Dynamic Risk Managers': A New Conceptualization of the Role of Judges," 57 DePaul L. Rev. 93-132 (2007)
- "Breaking the Learned Helplessness of Patients: Why MCOs Should be Required to Disclose Financial Incentives," 26 Univ. of Alabama Law & Psychol. Rev. 49-95 (2002)
- "Welfare Migration to Capture Higher Welfare Benefits: Fact or Fiction?" 32 Conn. L. Rev. 675-716 (2000)
- "Parole Officers and the Exclusionary Rule: Is There Any Deterrent Left?" 31 Conn. L. Rev. 1179-1216 (1999)