Please Express Your Condolences for Former LSA President Sally Merry
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Law & Society community is saddened by the loss of former LSA President Sally Merry. Prof. Merry served as President from 1993-95. She was a preeminent law & society scholar, winning both the LSA J. Willard Hurst Book Prize (2002) and Harry J. Kalven
Jr. Prize (2007).
Prof. Merry was widely published and earned numerous awards and honors throughout her career. She was a Julius Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University and an affiliated faculty member at NYU Law. Her research on human rights, gender violence,
colonialism and anthropology & law revolutionized sociolegal scholarship and inspired a future generation of law & society intellectuals. She received the Franz Boas prize in 2019, the highest accolade awarded by the American Anthropological Association.
Merry also held terms as president for the American Ethnological Society and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. A graduate of Wellesley College (1966), Yale University (1967) and Brandeis University (1978), she was awarded a Doctor
of Law degree, honora causa, from McGill University in 2013.
Whether you knew Prof. Merry personally, spoke with her at a conference or were influenced by her work, we would like to provide this informal space for the LSA community to express their condolences and honor her legacy. If you would like to do so, please
submit a comment below.
We will be adding more tributes to Prof. Merry as they become available. If you come across a tribute that has not been added to this page, please post it in a comment below.
Related: Law & Society Review - In Memoriam: Sally Engle Merry