Issa Kohler-Hausmann

Professor, Yale Law School

Issa Kohler-Hausmann is Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she holds a PhD from New York University in sociology, a JD from Yale Law School, and a BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her book Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing (Princeton, 2018) is a mixed method multi-year study of New York City’s lower criminal courts in the era of mass misdemeanor arrests. The book was awarded Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association, the Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association; the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society; and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her current research addresses the relationship between social kinds and causal claims, with a special interest in the methodological and theoretical issues entailed in stating and proving discrimination and equal protection claims. Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut States, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Western District of Wisconsin, Kohler-Hausmann maintains an active pro bono legal practice. Currently, her practice addresses parole release for persons serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles.

Program Visits

Causality, Spring 2022, Law & Society Fellow
Causality, Spring 2022, Visiting Scientist