Issa Kohler-Hausmann

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology


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

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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.

Monday, October 29, 2018


Misdemeanorland: Social Control and New York City's Lower-Level Courts

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is interviewed about her book Misdemeanorland.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Down the Chain

The book Misdemeanorland by Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is reviewed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Public Thinker: Issa Kohler-Hausmann on Misdemeanors and Mass Incarceration

Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is interviewed about her latest book Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing.

Monday, August 6, 2018


‘Social Control’ And ‘Broken Windows’

Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 was interviewed about her new book, Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


There is no liberal case for Kavanaugh—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02, Amy Kapczynski ’03, and Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08

David Singh Grewal ’02 is a Professor of Law, Amy Kapczynski ’03 is a Professor of Law, and Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018


The ‘Social Control’ Elements of New York’s Criminal Justice System

A review of Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann's ’08 book Misdemeanorland.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Rein in NYPD arrest-record abuse: Keep sealed files sealed—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.

Monday, May 14, 2018


Juvenile Offenders in New York Find Parole a Distant Hope

Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is quoted in an article about juvenile offenders in the New York State correctional system.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Think Manhattan DA Cy Vance Goes Easy on the Rich? Look at How He Prosecutes the Poor.

Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is quoted in an article about Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr..

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


How broken windows policing changed the legal landscape in 'Misdemeanorland' (podcast)

Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is interviewed about her book Misdemeanorland.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Professor Kohler-Hausmann’s Book Examines Misdemeanors and Policing Practices

In her book, Associate Professor of Sociology Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 contributes to the growing research on the U.S. criminal justice system by directing attention to the neglected yet central role that misdemeanors play in administering social control.

Saturday, March 24, 2018


New York Forgets Its Juvenile Lifers

Scholarship by Associate Professor of Law Issa Kohler-Hausmann ’08 is cited in an editorial about juvenile offenders in the New York prison system.

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.