Professor Eve Darian-Smith

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

University of California Santa Barbara, United States


Eve Darian-Smith is Professor and Department Chair in Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She practised corporate law in Australia and then went to the United States to do an MA (Harvard) and PhD (Chicago) in sociocultural anthropology.

She is interested in the intersections and connections between law, politics and culture, particularly with respect to race and class discriminations, colonial and postcolonial implications, and the shifting concepts of sovereignty in a global political economy. She has published widely, including Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe (1999, winner of the Law & Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize), Laws of the Postcolonial (1999) (with Peter Fitzpatrick), Ethnography and Law (2007), Religion, Race, Rights: Landmarks in the History of Modern Anglo-American Law (2010), and most recently Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (2013 CUP).