Mary Vogel

Job title: 
CSLS Visiting Scholar

Dr. Mary Vogel was born and grew up near New York City.  Since 2001, she has lived mostly in Bloomsbury, London, amidst the vitality of the English capital.  Mary moved there in 2001 to accompany her partner, the American sculptor Tony Long, who had studios in Paris and Graz, Austria.  Mary Vogel’s research focuses on a series of interconnected interests within the fields of democracy, law and social ordering.  Inequality is a unifying thread that runs throughout her work.  She received a funded Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, 2008-2010, and a research grant from the British Academy, 2013-2017 to work on a new book on the socio-historical origins of plea bargaining in England.  Her work has won the international Law and Society Association Best Article Prize for 2000 and the American Sociological Association, Law Section, Distinguished Article Award for 2001 as well as being Runner-Up for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize for 2008.  Dr. Vogel comes to Berkeley from University of Manchester, England, where she has been Professor of Law and Chair in Criminal Law 2011-2020 and Honorary Professor of Law presently.  Prior to Manchester, Mary taught for many years at King’s College of the University of London as, first, Lecturer and, then, Reader in Law and Democratic Transformation, and before that at University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Mary Vogel received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1988, with accompanying study in Law, from Harvard University, having won her M.C.P. there previously as well.  She studied economic history and development at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service before pursuing that degree.  She works primarily within the fields of comparative-historical sociology, socio-legal studies, social and legal theory, democratic transformation and legal history.  Mary Vogel has held Visiting Fellowships and other posts and delivered lectures at various institutions in Europe and the United States, including the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute, Harvard University (Bunting Fellow); Carleton College (Benedict Distinguished Visting Professor of Sociology and Anthropology); the Institute for United States Studies, University of London (John Adams Fellow); the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Visiting Scholar) and Wolfson College (Visiting Fellow), University of Oxford; the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School for Advanced Study, University of London (Visiting Fellow and later Associate Research Fellow); the Rothermere Institute for American Studies, University of Oxford (Senior Research Fellow); the Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC-Berkeley (Visiting Scholar); and the American Bar Foundation (Visiting Scholar).  Professor Vogel has been an elected member of the governing Council of the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association where she has served on (2011-2012 and 2017), and chaired (2012), the Distinguished Article Prize Committee and chaired (2013) the Distinguished Book Prize Committee.  She is also a member of the ASA Theory Section where she has chaired the Theory Prize Committee (2015) and has served as a member of the Junior Theorist Award Committee (2014).  In 2015, Dr. Vogel served on the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Commiittee of the Law and Society Association and in 2016 on its Dissertation Prize Committee.  She is also a member intermittently of the British Society of Criminology, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the American Society of Criminology.