Doctoral Candidate

ABF/Univeristy of Chicago Doctoral Fellow in Law and Social Science 

My research focuses on how legal practices and institutions structure political spaces and understandings of citizenship. In my dissertation, I  examine the coupling and decoupling of citizenship and rights. Using the U.S. as a case study, the project probes the conditions under which citizenship becomes the organizing principle of a specific right and why a right is removed from the citizenship field. I explore the variations in how rights and citizenship are bundled over space and time and how their (dis)connection moves across different activities and attributes. In addition, I am interested in examining legal decision-making from a Weberian perspective. My research project on Cook County courts speaks to a broader interest in theorizing legal actors' behavior in a highly contingent legal environment that resists generalization. 

Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, Heba worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York and earned an M.A. in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.