Our Research Fellows

Vitor Martins Dias
Research Fellow
Vitor Dias holds an LL.M. degree (2011) from São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas, which provided him a scholarship while he was doing this degree. His master thesis was a research about public banks and economic development in Brazil. In addition, he has authored book chapters published in Portuguese about Brazilian courts, and about social and economic rights. Dias is also part of the Brazilian team of the Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies project, which is developed in partnership between Harvard Law School and São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Currently, Dias is an LL.M. candidate at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, having been recently admitted to the school's LL.M. thesis program; he is going to write a master thesis about the globalization of legal education in Brazil. His research focuses on law and development, law and society, law and globalization, legal professions, and legal education. As a Research Fellow at the Center on the Global Legal Profession, Dias is researching about how the globalization has changed legal professions and legal education in different developing and developed countries.
Howard Pashman
Research Fellow
Curriculum vitae
Howard Pashman's scholarship examines early American legal history, with a particular focus on popular legal culture. His current book project (Building a Revolutionary State: The Legal Transformation of New York, 1776-1783) examines how, during their Revolution, Americans managed to rebuild working legal institutions that enjoyed popular support. Early in the conflict, colonial legal systems grew weak or collapsed. But by the end of the war, Americans rebuilt structures such as courts in a way that ordinary people accepted. The book examines one state in detail, New York, and argues that property redistribution drove that change from revolutionary disorder to legal order. In particular, seizing property from British sympthizers and selling it to supporters of independence had surprising effects that strengthened the independent legal system and convinced New Yorkers to accept its authority.
Dr. Pashman’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Cromwell Foundation, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2013, he received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in history from Northwestern University. He has also been a fellow at the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History in 2011 and a 2013-2014 Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow in Law and Society at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. In addition to his work with the Center on the Global Legal Profession, he is currently an adjunct professor of history at the University of Notre Dame.
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Priya Purohit
Research Fellow
Priya Purohit is a PhD candidate in Indiana University, Bloomington's Department of English Literature. She works in the field of Contemporary Postcolonial Studies, focusing on Black British literature as well as the respective literatures of post-WWII African, West Indian, and South Asian diasporas. Her dissertation focuses on the possibility and proliferation of mobile nationalisms in era where wide-spanning notions of transnationalism and cosmopolitanism dominate academic discourse. At the Maurer School of Law, Priya completed her PhD Minor in Law with an emphasis on Constitutional Law.
In addition to her work as a Research Fellow for the Center on the Global Legal Profession, she serves as an Affiliate with the Center for Constitutional Democracy.
Patrick W. Thomas
Research Fellow
Ali VanCleef
Research Fellow
Ali VanCleef is a JD candidate at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She graduated with a BA in Political Science from Indiana University in 2010 with minors in Classical Civilizations and Public and Environmental Affairs. She is currently the Executive Productions Editor for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, where her article on the displacement of indigenous populations during hydropower development projects is presumed for publication in the journal's forthcoming volume.