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Mihaela Serban

Ramapo Success Story

“Ramapo College has become my academic home over the past seven years. My colleagues in law and society, the School for Social Science and Human Services, and across campus have been fantastic to work with and inspiring in their commitment to our students and the liberal arts model. Ramapo’s identity as a public liberal arts school, in particular, is one of the key reasons I am happy to be part of this community.

The Ramapo Journal of Law and Society is one of my proudest accomplishments. The Journal provides a wonderful opportunity for our best students (in law and society and other programs) to learn how to manage a publication, from soliciting papers to the publication itself. It is also a rare opportunity for Ramapo students and students from around the country (e.g. Allegheny College, UC Berkeley) to publish their research at the undergraduate level. The Journal’s editor-in-chief is usually a Ramapo senior, and the outgoing editor, Amer Garlasco, has truly managed the entire publication process and set the bar very high for future editors.”

Mihaela Serban is an Associate Professor of Law and Society and first joined Ramapo in 2010. For more information, please visit Mihaela’s Faculty Profile.

Social Science and Human Services

Recent Publications

Serban, Mihaela. 2017. “Regime Change and Property Rights Consciousness in Post-Communist Romania,” Law & Social Inquiry. DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12286

Serban, Mihaela. 2016. “East European Faces of Law and Society: Values and Practices,” by William B. Simmons (ed.). Leiden, Boston, MA: Brill Nijhoff, 2014, Review of Central and East European Law 41(1).

Serban, Mihaela. 2015. “The Exceptionalism of Housing: Ideology and Politics in Early Communism in Romania (1945-1965),” Europe-Asia Studies 67(3): 443-467.

Serban, Mihaela. 2015. “Rule of Law Indicators as a Technology of Power in Romania,” in The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Development, Corruption, and the Rule of Law, Sally Engle Merry, Kevin Davis, and Benedict Kingsbury (eds.), Cambridge University Press.

Serban, Mihaela. 2014. “The Loss of Property Rights and the Construction of Legal Consciousness in Early Socialist Romania (1950-1965),” Law & Society Review 48(4): 773-805.

Serban, Mihaela. 2013. “Europe’s Constitutional Mosaic,” by Neil Walker, Jo Shaw and Stephen Tierney (eds.). Oxford and Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2011, Law and Politics Book Review 23(2): 54-57.

Serban, Mihaela. 2012. “Gender and Grantmaking: A Framework,” in Inspirator Partnerski, Malgorzata Druciarek and Alexandra Nizynska (eds.), Institute for Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland, pp.54-63 (in Polish).

Awards and Accomplishments

Convener of the Law and Society program (2015-Present)

Director of the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships (2015-2016)

Past Co-convener of the Women and Gender Studies Group

Founding co-editor of the Ramapo Journal of Law and Society (with Dr. Padhy),, one of the few undergraduate legal studies journals in the country

Founding co-organizer of the Collaborative Research Network on Law and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Russia and Eurasia for the Law and Society Association.

On the Editorial Advisory Board for the Law & Society Review (since 2014)


Ph.D., New York University, 2010
S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Sciences), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2000
LL.M. (Master of Laws), Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1996
Licenţiat în Ştiinţe Juridice (Licentiate in Law), University of Bucharest, Romania, 1995

Classes Known For

Law and Society
Global Legal Order
Law, Power, and Inequality
Human Rights
Ethics in a Global Age