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LaChance Named Law and Public Affairs Fellow

Daniel LaChance, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, has been selected as a fellow with the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University.

Professor LaChance will spend academic year 2013-2014 in residence at Princeton exploring deinstitutionalization, or the process by which mentally disabled or mentally ill citizens are moved out of mental hospitals and into communities. "I seek to explain how lawyers, legislators, journalists, scholars and fiction authors worked to advance to goal of deinstitutionalization," says LaChance. "How and why did they make the case against institutionalization?"

By understanding the processes behind the deinstitutionalization movement, Professor LaChance will outline a series of political and economic consequences, which he expects will ultimately show how unlikely actors helped to create a neoliberal political order.

The LAPA Fellowship brings together outstanding faculty members, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges each year to explore law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal and/or normative significance. Fellows participate in intensive bi-weekly seminars and discussion groups and receive a generous stipend to support their research. LAPA is housed in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs on the Princeton campus and is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School, the University Center for Human Values and the University.

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