Furman Academic Program

Current Furman Scholars

Third-Year Students 

Isaac Inkeles Portrait

Isaac Inkeles '22

Isaac graduated from Harvard, earning an A.B. with Highest Honors in Government and winning the Philo Sherman Bennett Award. He subsequently received an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge, and worked as an editorial assistant at Mosaic. At NYU, he has worked as a research assistant for Professors Stephen Schulhofer and Samuel Issacharoff, and serves as the Notes Editor for the Journal of Law and Liberty. He is interested in constitutional law, criminal procedure, and Jewish law.

Joe Krakoff Portrait

Joe Krakoff '22

Joe is a 3L at NYU Law where he serves as Senior Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review. Joe's research interests include civil procedure, complex litigation, and the law of democracy. Joe received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he was Captain of the Michigan Debate Team and graduated Phi Beta Kappa while majoring history and minoring in French. At NYU, Joe has worked as a research assistant to Professors Sam Issacharoff, Ryan Goodman, and Catherine Sharkey and teaching assistant for Professors Mark Geistfeld and Daryl Levinson.

Luiza Leao

Luiza Leão '22

Luiza is a 3L interested in the intersection between criminal procedure and the rule of law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Barnard College, and worked at a think tank promoting democracy in Brazil, her home country, before starting law school. At NYU, she is the Senior Online Editor on the NYU Law Review, where she oversees publications for the journal’s online platform and blog, and where her forthcoming student note, Unknowing Exposure: Rethinking the Third-Party Doctrine in an Era of Sweeping Surveillance, will be published in June. After graduating law school, Luiza will be working at Davis Polk & Wardwell as a litigation associate before clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Belinda Lee

Belinda Lee '22

Belinda's research interests are in tax and contracts. She graduated from Princeton with an economics degree in 2017. At NYU Belinda is an articles editor for the NYU Law Review and a member of APALSA. Prior to law school Belinda worked for two years as a research assistant in the finance division of Columbia Business School.

 

 

Arijeet Sensharma

Arijeet Sensharma '22

Arijeet graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Public Policy & Leadership and Music. His research interests include constitutional law, focusing on civil rights and particularly conceptions of positive rights, as well as health equity and racial justice more broadly. At NYU, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Law Review and has worked as a research assistant to Professors Helen Hershkoff and Barry Friedman.

 

Emani Pollard

Emani Pollard '22

Emani graduated from Cornell University in 2017 where she majored in Industrial and Labor Relations and minored in Business, and Law and Society. Before law school, she worked for two years as a paralegal at a boutique labor and employment law firm. At NYU, Emani is a Staff Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change and a member of BALSA. Her academic interests include criminal procedure, critical race theory, and constitutional law.

 

Second-Year Students 

 

Alfredo Guerra Guevara Portrait

Alfredo Guerra Guevara '23

Alfredo is originally from Venezuela, where he obtained his degree in Economics at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Prior to NYU, Alfredo worked for a policy/political consultancy firm in Caracas, later pursued a Master in Public Administration in International Development at the Havard Kennedy School, and lastly worked as a research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Alfredo is now pursuing a joint PhD/JD degree at NYU with research interests around Law and Development, Empirical Legal Studies, and Political Economy. During his first year at the law school, Alfredo coauthored a paper on Legal Disagreement with Professor Kevin Davis.

Edwin Hu

Edwin Hu '23

Edwin is interested in the empirical study of securities regulation and corporate law. He is currently a Research Fellow at NYU Law's Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance and his research has been published or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Financial Intermediation. Previously, he was chief economist and counsel to Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds two bachelor’s degrees (in economics and applied computational math) from the University of Washington, and a masters and Ph.D in finance from Rice University.

Kevin Kuate Fodouop

Kevin Kuate Fodouop '23

Kevin's research areas of interest cover administrative law, antitrust, and torts. He intends to study how effectively these areas of the law can be used to regulate powerful technology corporations and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence. Kevin holds a masters in statistics from Harvard University, a masters in Management Science and Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (France), and a bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique. He is a Staff Editor on the NYU Law Review and the President of student groups Rights over Tech and the Asia Law Society. Prior to law school, Kevin worked for six years in the technology industry as data scientist, product manager, and head of growth for various startups.

Adam Littlestone-Luria Portrait

Adam Littlestone-Luria '23

Adam works in constitutional law with a focus on separation of powers, as well as comparative democracy and political theory. Before beginning law school, he completed a doctorate in Ancient History at the University of California, Berkeley. During his time at the law school, he worked as a member of the voter protection team for the Biden Campaign; worked as a research assistant on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States under Professor Bauer and Dean Morrison; served as a research assistant for Professors Levinson and Pildes; and co-authored with Professor Issacharoff. Adam has also published journalistic pieces with the Washington Post, Just Security, and Public Seminar.

Nicole Mo

Nicole Mo '23

Nicole is a 2L interested in technology law as it relates to civil rights and law and political economy. She has a B.A. in Math and Philosophy from Yale. Before starting law school, she spent a year as an editorial fellow in The Atlantic’s live journalism division. At NYU, she is a Center Fellow at the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, a Staff Editor on the Law Review, Vice President of Rights Over Tech, and Outreach Co-Chair of APALSA.

 

Daniel Putnam

Daniel Putnam '23

Daniel Putnam's research focuses on the intersection of First Amendment law and anti-discrimination law, particularly as applied to gender and sexual minorities. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale and a B.A. in philosophy and political science from Swarthmore. At NYU, Daniel has been a staff editor of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change, a board member of the Law and Political Economy Association, and a research assistant for Professor Kenji Yoshino. Before coming to NYU, he was a lecturer in philosophy and political economy at Dartmouth and a postdoctoral research associate in values and public policy at Princeton.

Nika Sabasteanski

Nika Sabasteanski '23

Nika is primarily focused on the intersection of environmental and health policy in the United States. Prior to law school, she earned her Master of Public Health in Population & Family Health from Columbia University with a specialization in forced migration and her BA in Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She also worked as a healthcare software consultant and as a coordinator for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute. At NYU, Nika is a Staff Editor at the NYU Law Review, a Furman Public Policy Scholar, worked as a research assistant for Professor Richard Revesz for her 1L summer, and will be a teaching assistant for Daryl Levinson's Constitutional Law class.

Jacquelyn Thorbjornson

Jacquelyn Thorbjornson '23

Jacquelyn graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University where she majored in Politics. At Princeton, she wrote her Senior Thesis on the institutional and relational duties of justice the global financial system creates, and how these duties map on to multinational banks and the U.S. Federal Reserve, and won the Lyman H. Atwater Prize, awarded for the top Senior Thesis in the Politics department. After college, Jacquelyn worked at Oliver Wyman, where she further explored the global financial system through her project work as a consultant. At NYU, she is a teacher for the High School Law Institute, staff editor on the NYU Law Review, research assistant for Professors Kevin Davis and Linda Silberman, and will be a teaching assistant for Professor Roderick Hills. Jacquelyn's research areas of interest include exploring how U.S. financial institutions shape, and are shaped by, international law and politics.

 

First-Year Students

 

Eva Quinones

Eva Quinones '24

Eva is focused on election law and disenfranchisement, voting behavior, and comparative rule of law, as it pertains to democratic erosion and the ways in which right-wing populists undermine institutions. She holds a M.A. (2019) and M.Phil (2021) in Political Science from Yale University, where she is also a Ph.D. candidate, and a B.A. in Economics and Global and International Studies from Bard College (2017). In addition to her academic interests, Eva-Marie is a strong proponent of civic engagement, and has previously co-directed a nonpartisan student voting initiative affiliated with the Andrew Goodman Foundation and held a fellowship with the Foundation, served as Head of National Youth Engagement for the Unity March for Puerto Rico, trained high school and college students in competitive debate, and worked with several political campaigns.

Chanique Vassell

Chanique Vassell '24

Chanique graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2017 and a Master of Public Health (M.P.H) in Health Policy and Management in 2020. Before law school, Chanique worked as a consultant at Accenture where she helped health and public sector clients with technology implementations. She has also spent time working at ICAP and the International Rescue Committee. Chanique is interested in exploring the intersection of health, law, and technology.

 

Hannah Walser

Hannah Walser '24

Hannah's research interests lie at the intersection of law, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind, with a particular focus on the role of "folk psychology" in legal reasoning. She earned a PhD in English from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Chicago. Her book, Writing the Mind: Social Cognition in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2022; she has also published articles in NOVEL, American Literature, and the Journal of Cultural Analytics, among other venues. Before coming to NYU Law, Hannah taught students ranging from middle schoolers to undergraduates and spent three years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.