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Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


1978, Ph.D. Government, Cornell University
1971, J.D., Cornell Law School
1968, B.A. University of Chicago


Dr. Provine is Professor emerita in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry.  She came to Arizona State University in 2001 to direct the School of Justice Studies and served in that role for six years.  Her first appointment was at Syracuse University where she rose to full professor and chaired the department. She has served in Washington twice, once as Director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation, and earlier as a Judicial Fellow assigned to the Federal Judicial Center.  She has also taught abroad, in Strasbourg, France, Madrid, Spain, and Geneva, Switzerland.  Her areas of interest reflect her background in law (JD Cornell) and political science (Ph.D. Cornell). Some of her research has focused on courts and policies related to them, most recently the role racism has played in the war on drugs. She is the author of Unequal Under Law:Race and the War on Drugs (2007). Her current work revolves around policies concerning unauthorized immigration.  A year-long Fulbright research grant (2007-2008) allowed her to examine the issue from a cross-national perspective. With generous support from the National Science Foundation, she is studying how local police are responding to opportunities to collaborate with federal officials in the enforcement of federal immigration law.

Research Interests

 the legal and institutional underpinnings of unequal citizenship, race, ethnicity, and the politics of civic membership.


Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 498 Pro-Seminar
JUS 610 Law and the Social Sciences

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Doris Marie Provine. Arizona's new anti-immigrant law and federal immigration reform. Voices of Mexico (2010).

  2. Provine, Doris Marie, Reshawna Chapple, Kishonna Gray, Ophir Sefia, Michael Walker. Perspectives on Justice. Kendall Hunt (2010).

  3. . Review of: The Latino threat: constructing immigrants, citizens, and the nation. Journal of Latin American Studies (2010).

  4. Book chapter: Doris Marie Provine. "Local Immigration Policy and the Global Ambitions in Vancouver and Phoenix" (updated chapter title). Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States (updated from State and Local Immigration Policy...). Stanford University Press (2010).

  5. Book chapter: Doris Marie Provine, Francine Banner, and Kenneth Miller. Foreign Law in American Jurisprudence: An Empirical Study. GLOBALIZING JUSTICE: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms. SUNY Press (2010).

  6. Doris Marie Provine. The Criminalization of an Immigrant Population. Real Instituto Elcano (2010).

  7. Provine, Doris Marie. "Immigration Legislation". ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RACE AND CRIME. Sage Reference (2009).

  8. Doris Marie Provine. "Justice as Told by Judges: The Case of Litigation over Local Anti-Immigrant Legislation". Studies in Social Justice (2009).

  9. Jorge M. Chavez and Doris Marie Provine. Race and the Response of State Legislatures to Unauthorized Immigrants. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2009).

  10. Review of: Counterfeit Justice: The Judicial Odysey of Texas Freedwoman Azeline Hearne. Law and Politics Book Review (2009).

  11. Review of: Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law. Journal of Lw and Society (2009).

  12. Review of: Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment. Law and Politics Book Review (2009).

  13. Review of: The Perils of Federalism: Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Crime Control. Law and Society Review (2009).

  14. Book chapter: Scott Decker, Paul Lewis, Doris Marie Provine, and Monica Varsanyi. "On the Frontier of Local Law Enforcement: Local police and federal immigration law,". Immigration, Crime, and Justice. Emerald Publishers (2009).

  15. Scott Decker, Paul Lewis, Doris Marie Provine, and Monica Varsanyi. "Immigration and Local Policing: Survey Results of Law Enforcement Executives,". Police Foundation (2009).

  16. Doris Marie Provine. "Migrant issue needs a blend of compassion, law". Arizona Republic (2009).

  17. Doris Marie Provine and Michael Shelton. Should Local Police Enforce Federal Immigration Laws? Comparing Canadian, Mexican, and US Policies. Voices of Mexico (2008).

  18. Review of: Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink its Borders and Immigration Laws (author: Kevin Johnson). Law and Politics Book Review (2008).

  19. Review of: The Great American Crime Decline. Law and Society Review (2008).

  20. Provine, Doris. An Interview with Professor Doris Marie Provine, Author of Unequal Under Law: Race in the War on Drugs. Drug Law Blog (2008).

  21. Doris Marie Provine. An American at WCAMS. Westmuse News (2008).

  22. Provine, Doris Marie. UNEQUAL UNDER LAW: RACE AND THE WAR ON DRUGS. University of Chicago Press (2007).

  23. Doris Provine. "Law & Society and Political Science on Different Paths" in SYMPOSIUM: EXPLORING THE (DIS)CONNECTIONS BETWEEN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND LAW AND SOCIETY. LAW AND COURTS: Newsletter of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association (2007).

  24. Doris Provine. The Judiciary Under Attack. COURT MANAGER (2006).

  25. . Review of: Are Judges Political? An Empircal Analysis of the Federal Judiciary. Law and Politics Book Review (2006).

  26. Book chapter: Provine, Doris Marie. "Institutionalizing Racial Disadvantage: The Case of Crack Cocaine". THE MANY COLORS OF CRIME: INEQUALITIES OF RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIME IN AMERICA. New York University Press (2006).

  27. Book chapter: Provine, Doris Marie (Author) . "Too Many Black Men: The Sentencing Judge's Dilemma". RACE, LAW, AND SOCIETY. Ashgate (2006).

  28. Book chapter: Provine, Doris Marie,Garapon, Antoine. "The Selection of Judges in France: Searching for a New Legitimacy". THE SELECTION OF JUDGES AND JUDICIAL ACTIVISIM CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. University of Toronto Press (2006).

  29. Book chapter: Provine, Doris Marie (Author) . "How Rights Evolve: The Case of Non-Discrimination in the European Court on Human Rights". COURTS CROSSING BOUNDARIES: BLURRING THE LINES OF SOVEREIGNTY. Carolina Academic (2005).

  30. Book chapter: Provine, Doris Marie (Author) . "Judicial Activism and American Democracy". INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: THE JUDICIAL BRANCH. Oxford University Press (2005).

  31. Book chapter: Provine, Doris Marie (Author) . Deciding What to Decide: How the Supreme Court Sets Its Agenda. JUDICIAL POLITICS: READINGS FROM JUDICATURE, 3rd Edn. CQ Press (2005).

  32. Provine, Doris Marie. France. LEGAL SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD (2002).

  33. Provine, Doris Marie. Lay Judiciaries. LEGAL SYSTEMS OF THE WORLD (2002).

  34. Doris Marie Provine. The Criminalization of an Immigrant Population. Real Instituto Elcano (website)

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  1. Doris Marie Provine Understanding Arizona's immigration laws. Denver Universtiy College of Arts and Sciences Lecture. (Sep 2011).
  2. Doris Marie Provine Law enforcement and immigration. Metropolis North America policy seminar. (Mar 2011).
  3. Doris Marie Provine Arizona's Immigration Federalism. Beyond Arizona Conference, UC Berkeley, Oct. 25, 2010. (Oct 2010).
  4. Doris Marie Provine Local government implementation of federal immigration law. Elton Fields Lecture, International Conference of Public Administrators. (Oct 2010).
  5. Doris Marie Provine The thin blue line of state immigration enforcement. ASU College of Law conference on Immigration and the States. (Oct 2010).
  6. Doris Marie Provine Who belongs in the United States? - Legal status v. moral status. Conference of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. (Sep 2010).
  7. Doris Marie Provine International, federal, and local governmental policy responses to immigration. Annual meeting of American Sociological Association. (Aug 2010).
  8. Doris Marie Provine The cascading effects of Arizona's SB1070 (El efecto cascado de la ley Arizona SB1070. videoconference with presenters from NACTS (ASU) and CISAN (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico). (Jun 2010).
  9. Doris Marie Provine Local police and federal immigration law. University of Arizona College of Law: Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty. (Mar 2010).
  10. Doris Marie Provine and Roxanne Doty Institutionalizing Racialized Violence: A Study of Recent Trends in the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law. Connecticut College Conference on Undocumented Hispanic Migration:On the Margins of a Dream. (Oct 2009).
  11. Doris Marie Provine Re-scaling Immigration Enforcement. American Sociological Association annual meeting; Theme Panel. (Aug 2009).
  12. Doris Marie Provine "Settled, but unauthorized immigrants: A North American perspective on the prospects for inclusion,". III Coloquio Internacional sobre Migración y Desarrollo, FLACSO, Costa Rica. (Dec 2008).
  13. Doris Marie Provine Immigration policy at the grassroots: A US-Canadian comparison,". Canadian Studies on the Edge conference. (Sep 2008).
  14. Doris Marie Provine Local immigration policy and the global city: Vancouver, Phoenix, and the power of law. State and Local Immigration Policy in the US: An Interdisciplinary Workshop. (May 2008).
  15. Doris Marie Provine and Michael Shelton La participación de la policía municipal en EU, Canadá, y México en control del flujo migratorio global: Problema o solución?’. invited lecture at the Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City. (Mar 2008).
  16. Provine, Doris Race and the War on Drugs. Drug Law Blog. (Jan 2008).
  17. Provine, Doris, Broberg, Gregory Criminal Courts and Immigration Control: Balancing Executive Leadership with the Demands of Due Provess. International Political Science Association Research Committee for Compartive Judicial Studies. (Feb 2006).
  18. Provine, Doris, Miller, Kenneth, Banner, Francine The Myth of Global Judicial Activism: An Empirical Review of the US Supreme Court's 2003 Docket. International Political Science Association Research Committee for Comparative Judicial Studies. (Feb 2006).
  19. Provine, Doris, Broberg, Gregory The Deportation Dilemma. Annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Oct 2005).
  20. Provine, Doris, Broberg, Gregory Courts as Draftees in the War over Immigration. Annual meeting of the Law & Society Association. (May 2005).
  21. Banner, Francine, Miller, Kenneth, Provine, Doris Foreign Law in Supreme Court Jurisprudence: An Empirical Study. Annual meeting of the Law & Society Association. (May 2005).
  22. Provine, Doris Does Race Matter in the War on Drugs?. Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Studey of Ethics and Morality, UC Irvine. (May 2005).
  23. Provine, Doris Invited lecture. University of Arizona, Law, Criminal Justice, and Security Program. (Apr 2005).
  24. Provine, Doris A Generation of Change: Women in Law. National Women Law Student Association. (Apr 2005).
  25. Provine, Doris Race and Drug-War Politics. University of Arizona Public Policy lecture series. (Mar 2005).
  26. Provine, Doris Too Much Judging: Judicial Activism and American Democracy. Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association. (May 2004).
  27. Provine, Doris Globalization at the Grassroots: The Case of Unauthorized Immigrants. invited lecture at University of Washington (Seattle).
  28. Provine, Doris Immigration Dilemmas. Law and Society Lecture series,.
  29. Provine, Doris Immigration, Urbanity, and legality. Law and Society Lecture Series.
  30. Provine, Doris, Senneville, Clea The Paradox of Local Immigration Policy. International Conference, The Border: A New Cultural Concept.
  31. Provine, Doris, Senneville, Clea The Paradox of Local Immigration Policy. Lunctime Colloquia Series.
  32. Varsanyi, Monica, Provine, Doris La Migra is everywhere: Local police as immigration-control agents.

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Provine,Doris Marie * , Decker,Scott Henderson , Lewis,Paul , . Local Policing in the Context of Immigration: Further Explorations Using a Mixed Methods Approach. NSF-SBE (9/1/2009 - 8/31/2012).
  2. Lewis,Paul * Provine,Doris Marie . Building Resilient Regions: Case Study of Immigration in the Phoenix Region. CITY UNIV OF NEW YORK (9/1/2009 - 8/15/2010).
  3. Provine,Doris Marie * Decker,Scott Henderson Lewis,Paul . Local Policing in the Context of Immigration. NSF-SBE-SES (8/1/2008 - 7/31/2010).
  4. Provine,Doris Marie * . CONFLICT RESOLUTION 101. AZ DEPT JUVENILE CORRECTIONS (2/1/2003 - 3/31/2004).

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  1. Mock Trial Team, faculty advisor (2009 - present)
  2. Lutheran Socil Services, volunteer mentor/advisor (2009 - present)
  3. Executive Committee, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Member (2007 - present)
  4. Advisory Board, International Network for the Study of Sentencing and Society, Member (2003 - present)
  5. Law and Society Association, Board of Trustees/ Executive Committee (2009 - 2012)
  6. Law & Society Association, co-facilitator, Collaborative Research Network on Citizenship and Immigration (2010 - 2012)
  7. Curriculum Committee, member (2009 - 2012)
  8. East Valley Coffee Party, invited presentation (2011)
  9. American Political Science Association, Lasting Contribution Awards committee (2010 - 2011)
  10. American Society of Criminology, member, Race/Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice Study Group (2006 - 2011)
  11. Mexican consulate, volunteer in death-penalty appeals section (2008 - 2011)
  12. Center for Civic Education, judge in local and state-wide competition (2010)
  13. Cornell University Press, book manuscript reviewer (2010)
  14. Justice Quarterly, reviewer (article) (2010)
  15. National Science Foundation, Committee of Visitors (2010)
  16. University of Kansas, promotion review (2010)
  17. American Political Science Association, Nominations Committee, Law & Courts section (2010)
  18. Wellesley College, promotion review (2010)
  19. South Africa National Research Foundation, promotion review (2010)
  20. University of Delaware, promotion review (2010)
  21. University of Minnesota, promotion review (2010)
  22. ASU, promotion review - Asian Pacific Amer Studies (2010)
  23. Rutgers University Press, book manuscript reviewer (2010)
  24. University of Washington, promotion review (2010)
  25. East Valley Women and Politics Association, invited lecture (2010)
  26. Human Rights Cluster, evaluator of book for panel (2010)
  27. Undergraduate Committee, Chair (2009 - 2010)
  28. Cronkite School, presenter of research for public panel on immigration (2010)
  29. American Political Science Association, member, Corwin Dissertation Award Committee (2008 - 2009)
  30. Law and Society Association, Chair, International Prize Committee (2008 - 2009)
  31. Law & Society Association, International Prize Committee, chair (2008 - 2009)
  32. University of Chicago Press, Manuscript reviewer (2008)
  33. North American Center for Transborder Studies, Executive Committee (2006 - 2008)
  34. Noth American Center for Transborder Studies, Founding Affiliate Research Faculty (2006 - 2008)
  35. College of Law, external reviewer for continuing appointment (2008)
  36. Law and Society Review, reviewer (2008)
  37. Law and Social Inquiry, reviewer (2008)
  38. Virginia Tech University, External reviewer for promotion (2008)
  39. University of Washington, External Reviewer for Full Professor (2008)
  40. American Political Science Association, Law Courts Executive Committe, member (2009 - 08-2010)

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