Issa Kohler-Hausmann

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology

(on leave, 2017–2018)


Issa Kohler-Hausmann is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale. She joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2014. Her primary research interests are in criminal law, criminal procedure, empirical legal studies, tort law, sociology of law, and legal theory.

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Issa Kohler-Hausmann

Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. (Sociology), New York University, 2014

J.D., Yale Law School, 2008

M.A., Northwestern University, 2006

B.A., University of Wisconsin, 2000

Courses Taught


  • Sociology of Law: Law and Bureaucracy

Issa Kohler-Hausmann is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale. She joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2014. Her primary research interests are in criminal law, criminal procedure, empirical legal studies, tort law, sociology of law, and legal theory. Before coming to Yale, she was a Law Research Fellow at Georgetown University. Admitted to the New York Bar in 2009, she previously worked in solo practice and has been an associate with Ilissa Brownstein & Associates. In her practice work, she practiced in felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, New York State freedom of information litigation, and parole matters.

Kohler-Hausmann has been most recently published in the Stanford Law Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and has work represented in many other journals and books. Her most recent publications focus on misdemeanor arrests in New York City and their use as a form of social control, and she has won awards for her writing from the American Sociological Association and the Law and Society Association. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, Yale Law School, and New York University.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Sanctuary Cities in Name Only

Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is quoted in an article about sanctuary cities.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Children Sentenced to Life: A Struggle for the N.Y. Board of Parole—A Commentary by Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08, Avery P. Gilbert, and Christopher Seeds

Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School; Avery P. Gilbert is an attorney and partner at Engage Strategies; and Christopher Seeds is an attorney in private practice.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


When Parole Boards Trump the Supreme Court

A New York state appeals case about parole procedures that Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 worked on is discussed in a feature story.

Friday, April 29, 2016


Associate Professor Kohler-Hausmann Wins Case Involving NY Parole Board

A man convicted of a murder that occurred when he was 16 years old will have a new chance for parole after the State of New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division ruled in his favor.

Monday, March 14, 2016


Florida judge ends surprise-conviction practice

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is quoted in a story about a change in Florida law that will end the practice of surprise convictions for misdemeanors.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Kohler-Hausmann and MFIA Clinic Win Appeal

Professor Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08, with amicus support from the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, successfully appealed a New York State court ruling prohibiting a record requestor from suing an agency for unreasonable delay when filing a Freedom of Information Request in the state.

Monday, September 14, 2015


Prof. Kohler-Hausmann to Receive Criminology Society Award

Issa Kohler-Hausmann ‘08, Associate Professor of Law, will receive the 2015 Outstanding Article Award from The American Society of Criminology at the society’s annual meeting on November 18. The award is for her paper “Misdemeanor Justice: Control without Conviction,” which appeared in the American Journal of Sociology.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Response to What’s Justice for Kids Who Kill?—A Commentary by Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08

Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Malloy Wants To Change Drug Laws

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is quoted in a story about the press conference held yesterday by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announcing proposed changes to the state’s criminal justice laws.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 Appointed Associate Professor of Law

Kohler-Hausmann’s primary interests are in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Empirical Legal Studies, Tort Law, Sociology of Law, and Legal Theory.