Hadar Aviram

Professor of Law


Professor Hadar Aviram specializes in criminal justice, civil rights, law and politics, and social movements, and her research employs socio-legal perspectives and methodologies. Her first book Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment (UC Press, 2015, winner of the CHOICE Award for Academic Titles) analyzes the impact of the financial crisis on the American correctional landscape. Her second book The Legal Promise and the Process of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is an anthology of studies inspired by the work of Malcolm Feeley. Her third book Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole (UC Press, 2020) examines the California parole process through 50 years of parole transcripts in the Manson Family cases. Prof. Aviram publishes, teaches, and speaks on domestic violence, behavioral perspectives on prosecutorial and defense behavior, unconventional family units, animal rights, elder abuse, public trust in the police, correctional policy and budgeting, violence reduction, theoretical trends in crime and punishment, and the history of female crime and punishment. She served at the President of the Western Society of Criminology and on the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association, and is currently the Book Review Editor of the Law & Society Review. One of the leading voices in the state and nationwide against mass incarceration, Prof. Aviram is a frequent media commentator on politics, immigration, criminal justice policy, civil rights, and the Trump Administration. Her blog, California Correctional Crisis, covers criminal justice policy in California.

Prof. Aviram holds LL.B. and M.A. (criminology) degrees from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley, where she studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Regents Intern. She is a member of the California and Israel Bars. Prior to joining the Hastings faculty in 2007, she practiced as a military defense attorney in Israel and taught at Tel Aviv and Haifa Universities.


  • University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy

  • The Hebrew University
    M.A., Criminology

  • The Hebrew University
    LL.B., Law


  • Chancellor's Dissertation Award
    Awarded by the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Graduate Assembly Research Award
    Awarded by the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Herman Goode Award for Outstanding Student of Criminology
    Awarded by Hebrew University.

  • CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Title
    Awarded to Cheap on Crime by the Academic Library Association

  • Rector's Award for Outstanding Graduate Student
    Awarded by Hebrew University.

  • 1066 Foundation Scholarship Award
    Awarded by UC Law SF for Scholarship and Research

  • Rutter Award for Teaching Excellence
    Awarded by UC Law SF


  • Criminal Procedure Adjudicative Process
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Sociology: Criminal Justice System
  • Theoretical Criminology
  • Environmental Criminology Seminar
  • Criminalization & Social Control

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