3.27.18 — Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce the hiring of two new associate professors: Claudia Haupt and Hilary Robinson, who will join the faculty this July. “Professors Haupt and Robinson have demonstrated the kind of excitement about ideas, dedication to student welfare and commitment to use law to promote the public good that are the hallmarks of our law school and our university. We are fortunate to have attracted such talented and accomplished scholars to our faculty,” said Dean Jeremy Paul.

Claudia HauptHaupt joins the university as associate professor of law and political science. She will teach health-law related and political science courses, and play a key role in the law school’s Center for Health Policy and Law; US News & World Report ranks Northeastern #14 nationally in health law. Haupt’s research is situated at the intersection of the First Amendment, health law and torts in the context of professional speech. Her research interests also include constitutional law and comparative constitutional law as well as law and technology.

Haupt is currently a resident fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where she will continue as an affiliate fellow, and a research fellow with the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. She has also held an appointment as associate-in-law at Columbia Law School and, prior to that, taught at George Washington University Law School.

Before entering academia, Haupt clerked at the Regional Court of Appeals of Cologne (Germany) and practiced law with the Cologne office of the law firm Graf von Westphalen, with a focus in information technology law. She is admitted to practice in Germany and New York. An interdisciplinary scholar, Haupt holds a PhD in political science from the University of Cologne, a JSD from Columbia Law School, and an LLM (with highest honors) from George Washington University; she received her first law degree from the University of Cologne. She has published articles in journals including the Yale Law Journal, Boston College Law Review, George Washington Law Review and Tulane Law Review, among others. Haupt also has extensive training and a record of extraordinary accomplishment in comparative law and in political science. Her book, Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality (Cambridge University Press, 2012), deftly shows how the term “neutrality” is used quite differently in the two countries and how failure to grasp this ambiguity has led to much confusion in the scholarly literature.

Robinson comes to Northeastern as associate professor of law and sociology. She is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses including Science and Technology in the Supreme Court’s Current Term and Transnational Comparison of Technology Regulation in the US and Europe. She also spent three years on the faculty at Vermont Law School, where she taught Constitutional Law as well as new seminars she created in Law and “Techno” Privacy, and Agricultural Biotechnology and the Law. She has also taught at MIT as a teaching fellow. At Northeastern, Robinson will teach courses focusing on the way technology influences the law and will play a key role in the law school’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC).

RobinsonRobinson’s current research concerns the interaction between technological change and legal decision-making in the construction of social order, particularly as legal institutions engage in decision-making about technological things and practices. Her PhD thesis at MIT (2017) examined work in an “algorithmic labor market” by studying Uber drivers in Boston based on semi-random sampling through ride-alongs. In addition to constructing a typology of Uber drivers, she described collective action undertaken by a group of drivers in the form of a “strike against the algorithm,” which was an effort to induce the software to perceive a driver shortage and increase the rate of pay. Offering a new theory of the organizational structure of Uber, she explained how this structure was particularly apt at mobilizing large numbers of people to breach the regulatory system by working as Uber drivers doing the equivalent of taxi or livery work without complying with any of the applicable legal regulations. The US National Science Foundation funded a follow-up comparative study of Uber drivers in Copenhagen, Denmark, which Robinson conducted in 2017. 

Robinson has previously written about the impact of technology on judicial interpretation of corporate rights, particularly in the Supreme Court’s decisions concerning the regulation of speech during an election, in an article published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change (the article won the 2015 James W. Carey Media Research Award). Her other area of scholarly interest concerns the interactions among street-level police practices, DNA databases and legal determinations of criminal culpability. She received an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University with a special concentration in genomic science and public policy, and her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was co-chairwoman of the Women’s Law Association and served as the Reginald F. Lewis Fellow for Law Teaching in 2006-2007. She has also worked as a senior policy analyst in the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and as a visiting researcher at Georgetown University Law Center.

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