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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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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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