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Kevin B Sobel-Read

Senior Lecturer in Law and Anthropologist, University of Newcastle

I am a US-trained lawyer, legal scholar and anthropologist. I received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) from New York University (1999), my Juris Doctor (JD) from the New York University School of Law (2002), and my Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cultural Anthropology, with a sub-specialty in Legal Anthropology, from Duke University, USA (2012). My doctoral thesis, entitled “Sovereignty, Law, and Capital in the Age of Globalization,” drew on fieldwork conducted in and around Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the Cook Islands, and is also based on preliminary research among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, USA. I have previously been a Senior Lecturing Fellow in Duke University’s School of Law and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Duke’s Department of Cultural Anthropology where I also served as the JD/MA Program Coordinator. I likewise have a decade of experience practicing complex civil litigation with Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York City and with Ellis & Winters LLP in North Carolina, USA.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law and Anthropologist, University of Newcastle


  • 2012 
    Duke University, PhD in Cultural Anthropology