Affiliated Faculty

  • Michele Bratcher Goodwin

    Chancellor’s Professor of Law
    Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
    Bioethics, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Human Rights, Medical Law, Reproductive Rights, Torts

  • Aileen Anderson

    Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Associate Director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center
    Director, Christopher Reeve Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Core Facility
    Spinal Cord Injury, Human CNS Stem Cell Engraftment in the Injured CNS, Mechanisms for Promotion of Neurological Recovery

  • Hillary Berk

    Assistant Professor of Teaching
    Criminology, Law and Society

    Sociology of Law/Law and Society, Gender, Family, Assisted Reproduction and Surrogacy, Law and Emotion, Civil Rights, Dispute Resolution

  • Alejandro Camacho

    Professor of Law
    Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources
    Environmental Law, Natural Resource Law, Land Use Regulation, Regulatory Design, Government Organization

  • Elizabeth Cauffman

    Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Education
    Adolescent Development, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, Legal and Social Policy

  • Brian J. Cummings

    Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Anatomy & Neurobiology
    Associate Director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center
    Derivation and characterization of ES, iPS, and adult neural stem cell lines, interaction between human neural stem cells and the injured CNS, therapeutic use of human neural stem cells using in vitro models and in vivo models of disease

  • Wendy Goldberg

    Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Education
    Developmental Psychology, Work and Family, Infant Sleep, Transition to Parenthood

  • Sidney H. Golub

    Research Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine
    Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
    Science Policy, Stem Cell Policy, Research Ethics, NK Lymphocytes, Cancer Immunotherapy

  • Kaaryn Gustafson

    Professor of Law
    Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race (CLEaR)
    Welfare and Economic Policy, Criminal Law and Procedure, Interdisciplinary Research on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Socioeconomic Inequality

  • Laura Hyun Yi Kang

    Chair & Associate Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and English
    Feminist and Gender Studies, Feminist Epistemologies and Theories, Political Economies of Globalization, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies

  • Elizabeth Loftus

    Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, Professor of Law
    Eyewitness Testimony, Psychology and Law, Human Memory

  • Andrew Noymer

    Associate Professor, Public Health
    Health and Mortality, Selective Mortality, Multi-Cause Interaction, Demography, Mathematical Sociology

  • Song Richardson

    Professor of Law
    School of Law
    Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law Enforcement, Psychology and Law

  • Bryan Sykes

    Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society
    Demography, Punishment and Mass Incarceration, Health, Fertility, Research Methods, Statistics, Social Inequality

  • Shauhin Talesh

    Assistant Professor of Law
    Joint appointment in Law, and Criminology, Law & Society, and Sociology
    Insurance Law, Organizations, Consumer Law, Civil Procedure, Law and Organizations, Legal Mobilization

  • Kristin Turney

    Associate Professor of Sociology
    Social Inequality, Child Wellbeing, Population Health, Incarceration and Punishment, Intergenerational Transmission of Disadvantage

    Center Fellows

  • Hon. Lynne Riddle (Ret.)

    Senior Distinguished Fellow

    Lynne Riddle was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in 1988 and served until her retirement in 2002. Before her appointment to the bench, she practiced law in Santa Ana as a sole practitioner. During that time, she developed a special interest in bankruptcy fraud and often served as special counsel to bankruptcy trustees.

    Judge Riddle has remained active in the pursuit of justice. In 2004, she traveled to Oregon to serve as the AFL-CIO's Election Protection Coordinator for four months. Since 2014, she has been involved with the Community Action Fund Board for Planned Parenthood throughout the Orange and San Bernardino counties.

    She started her career in education and taught educational philosophy at various universities, including Syracuse University, California State University, Long Beach, The University of Iowa and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, her Ed.D. from Syracuse University, and was a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Mariah Lindsay

    Senior Fellow

    Mariah Lindsay is an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Federal Fellow with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in Washington, D.C. She works at the intersections of reproductive health and rights, racial justice, economic justice, and immigrant rights. As a fellow, Mariah engages in legal and policy work, including researching and drafting public comments, amicus briefs, and know your rights materials.

    Mariah Lindsay graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law in May 2018. During law school, Mariah interned at the California Women’s Law Center and participated in UCI Law’s Reproductive Justice and Domestic Violence Clinics. She was the co-chair of her campus’ If/When/How chapter and publicity chair for UCI’s Public Interest Law Fund. Mariah served as a Community Fellow and Student Bar Association Mentor. She was active in pro bono service, including participating in naturalization clinics, a legal name and gender change clinic, and a worker’s rights clinic. She also took three pro bono service trips to Mississippi, volunteering at the Mississippi Center for Justice.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mariah served as a research assistant to Professor Michele Goodwin, contributing to a 9th Circuit Amicus Brief in addition to law review articles and books. Mariah was also a Summer Law Clerk in the Complex Litigation Unit at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office and served as a Spitzer Intern at the National Health Law Program, focusing on law and policy surrounding contraceptive equity laws, maternal health, family planning, and Medicaid.

    Prior to law school, Mariah interned at the Pomona Superior Court Neighbor Legal Services Self-Help Center, assisting self-represented litigants in family and housing law. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in History from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

  • Zackory T. Burns

    Senior Research and Center Fellow
    Biotechnology & National Security
    Trans* Initiative (name TBD)

    Dr. Zackory T. Burns is a scientist, scholar and advocate. He has undertaken scientific research on five continents while publishing in two scientific disciplines, and is currently penning law reviews. His scientific work can be found published in Nature Communications, Current Biology, Supportive Care in Cancer, and Thrombosis Research, among others. His current academic interests span the intersection of science and the law, including the environment, biotechnology, health care, and intellectual property. At UCI Law, he is a paid research fellow for Professor Song Richardson and is a UCI Oceans Fellow. Dr. Burns’ legal work at UCI Law already includes co-writing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States and submitting a co-authored law review to the UC Irvine Law Review.

    He has a passion for community activism, and currently chairs the Transgender Legal Assistance Clinic where he has facilitated name and gender-marker changes to over 150 trans* individuals across 6 counties in Southern California. He is currently spearheading a campaign to expand legal services through partnerships with other legal service providers and organizations. He is a Law Student Representative for the Orange County Lavender Bar Association, and was awarded their M. Katherine Baird Darmer Equality Scholarship.

    Dr. Burns is currently a third-year JD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Prior to coming to law school, Dr. Burns was the Hellman Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, where he led projects within numerous initiatives, including the Alternative Energy Future, Global Nuclear Future, Public Face of Science, Human Performance Enhancement, and New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy. He received his DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford, his M.B.A. from Smartly, and his AB in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University. Between his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Dr. Burns worked for the Vice-chairman of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine collecting data for clinical drug trials and collaborating on clinical studies.

  • Jaime Allgood

    Senior Research Fellow
    Reproductive Justice Initiative

    Jaime Allgood is a doctoral candidate in public health at UC Irvine. She focuses on two main areas: environmental health including exposure assessment methods for flame retardant chemicals and health impacts of regulations and legislation. Ms. Allgood received her BA/MA in Women’s Studies with a maternal and child health concentration from UCLA. She plans on attending law school after the completion of her doctoral degree.

  • ZoĆ« Miller-Vedam

    Center Fellow

    Since 2012, Zoë Miller-Vedam has held various positions in global reproductive health policy and advocacy. In her role as Project Coordinator for the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia, Canada, she worked on perinatal health service coordination programs, including initiatives to improve evidence-based care for pregnant women with substance use challenges, and programs for the better integration of midwives into the provincial health system. She served as a Strategic Consultant for advocacy programs for the international NGO, Human Rights in Childbirth. With HRiC, she convened multi-stakeholder meetings in India, France and the US on optimizing respectful, culturally sensitive and human rights based perinatal care.

    Zoë Miller-Vedam is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She received her BA in Political Science from McGill University and an L.L.M in International Human Rights Law from the University of Leicester in the UK. Her masters research examined the impacts of dominant culture-based citizenship tests on immigrant exclusion and integration. Her research program in immigration, gender and health will focus on access to maternal and reproductive health for populations of precarious legal status.

  • Hayley Penan

    Center Fellow

    Hayley Penan is a health care attorney with a Master of Public Health Policy degree from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is currently a Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program, where she works primarily on state and federal advocacy around reproductive health care, Medicaid and ACA Marketplace concerns, and public health. Before joining the National Health Law Program, she served as a Health Policy Fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives, Ways & Means Health Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. and concurrently as a Research Assistant to Professor I. Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law School.

    Hayley received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of California, Irvine School of Law with Pro Bono High Honors. During law school, she worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin on projects involving reproductive justice, bioethics, and the constitutionality of government involvement in personal medical decisions, among other issues. She was also a Judicial Extern to Magistrate Judge Allison Claire of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento and a Law Clerk in the Office of the California Attorney General, Criminal Division in San Diego, prosecuting felony appeals before the California Courts of Appeal.

    Prior to law school, Hayley worked for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County as Managing Editor and Contributing Editor for The Notice, its legal news publication, while also serving as a General Relief Hotline Counselor. Hayley received her Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Monica Ramsey

    Center Fellow

    Monica Ramsy is a storyteller, advocate, and educator currently pursuing her J.D. at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. After earning her B.A. in Gender Studies (with a minor in Natural Sciences) from the University of Southern California, Monica worked as a campus organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation, as a sexual health educator for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and as a researcher at UCLA's Iris Cantor Women's Health Education and Research Center.

    As a law student at Boalt, Monica works as a member of the Oakland Law Collective’s anti-sexual harassment and gender discrimination initiative, as a member of The Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, and as part of Berkeley Law’s Juvenile Education Advocacy Project. Monica is particularly passionate about anti-oppression work that focuses on the intersections between sexual health and mental health in communities of color. Ultimately, Monica hopes to translate her passion for feminist activism into a career devoted to promoting the sexual, emotional, and communal health of diasporic communities and other communities of color through a career in feminist, sociological, humanity(ies)-driven legal scholarship and advocacy.

  • Antwann Michael Simpkins

    Center Fellow

    Antwann Michael Simpkins is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his BA and MA in African American Studies from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and the UCLA (Los Angeles, CA), respectively. Antwann’s research and advocacy work is located at the intersection of Race, Gender, Law, and Society. His specified areas of expertise are carceraltiy, Black feminist thought, race and ethnicity, law and society, critical race theory, gender, as well as urban and suburban sociology. His current research project examines the experiences of Black women with carcerality. By moving attention to the experiences of women with incarceration Antwann conceptualizes carcerality in alternative and various geographical spaces and locations, as opposed to being limited to the physical structure of the prison.

    Aside from his studies as a student Antwann also serves as a lecturer at UCLA and Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches on various issues concerning justice, recognition, sexism, racism, and the contemporary condition. Antwann has also given several keynote addresses as well as hosted workshops and panels concerning race, gender, and society.

  • Christopher Williams

    Center Research Fellow

    Chris is an advocate and scholar currently pursuing his J.D. at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. Chris’ passion in research and activism are grounded in highlighting interlocking oppressions that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations and subsequently create praxis that combat interlocking oppressions in communities of color. Chris pays special attention to state violence, education inequity, housing segregation and their intersections with oppressed identities.

    His current research interest centers around connecting and highlighting racial inequality via the colonization and global exportation of U.S. style legal structures. By highlighting racial oppression inherent in U.S. legal structures (such as legal education, emphasized law, punishment schemes etc.) both domestically and abroad, Chris aims to show how global racial praxis needs to be interconnected to eradicate and remedy inherent discrimination in U.S. legal structures exported.

    As a student at UCI Law, Chris has worked to bring innovation and anti-oppression praxis to UCI law’s campus. Chris created and spearheaded BLSA’s Nuanced Visions Film Festival, which featured 9 feature length films and critically engaged viewers on issues such as race, class, gender, immigrations, sexuality, and class. In addition, as the Co-chair of UCI Law’s BLSA, Chris created BLSA’s first in-house academic skills program and oversaw BLSA’s first scholarship awards gala. While earning his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Missouri, he played an active activist role in the student led protest which caused the Chancellor and President of the UM system to resign due to campus wide activism.

Recent CBGHP Events

REWATCH:  A Conversation on Protecting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Times of Political Crisis 

June 30, 2020: After June Medical Services: The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Reproduction


May 14, 2020: UCI Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center Panel on COVID-19

May 13, 2020: Michele Goodwin on Quarantine and the Limits of Government Action - COVID-19 & The Law Series

May 12, 2020: Panel Discussion: Reproductive Health & Rights in a Time of Coronavirus

May 4, 2020: Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color hosted by American Constituion Society 

April 22, 2020: ACLU At Liberty Podcast

March 14, 2020: Slate's Amicus Podcast


Michele Goodwin
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