Catherine Albiston received her Ph.D. (2001) and J.D. (1993) from the University of California, Berkeley, and received her M.A. (1989) and B.A. (1987) from Stanford University. Albiston taught at the University of Wisconsin before joining the Berkeley law faculty in 2003.
An interdisciplinary scholar engaged in the empirical study of law and society, she is interested in the relationship between law and social change. Her book, Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave (Cambridge Press 2010) explores how rights to family and medical leave both challenge and recreate inequality in the courts and in the workplace. Her other recent research examines bias against workers based on race, gender, and caretaker status; how variation in strategy, structure and mission among public interest law organizations affects access to justice; and institutional factors that influence law students’ commitment to public interest careers.
Albiston has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and served on the Board of Trustees of the Law & Society Association.