John Francis, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Officer

Governing Committees
Policies and Bylaws
Law & Society Review Business

John Francis became interim executive director of the Law and Society Association (LSA) on September 1, 2017.  He agreed to do so while LSA is completing its search for a long-term executive officer.  Francis is currently Research Professor of Political Science at The University of Utah, where he has long been on the faculty. He served for a significant number of years as senior associate vice president for academic affairs with responsibilities that included undergraduate education, assessment, and international education. Francis received a BA in political science from Stanford University and a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan with coursework in economics. His research interests lie for the most part in comparative public policy, federalism, and occasionally British electoral politics. In recent years, Francis has published on regulatory questions relating to the black market in human organs, HIV/AIDS testing, human trafficking, public health surveillance, informed consent, and privacy as well as the British Conservative Party. His recent books include: David Cameron and Conservative Renewal: The limits of modernisation (coedited with Gillian Peele; Manchester, 2016) and Privacy: What Everyone Needs to Know (coauthored with Leslie P. Francis; Oxford, 2017). Much of his work is informed by an interdisciplinary perspective shaped by many years of publishing with his spouse, L.P. Francis, who is professor of law and philosophy at The University of Utah. His other activities include going to the opera whenever possible, most often at San Francisco and Glyndebourne, seeing at least twenty films at the annual Sundance Film Festival and many others during the year, and running “Bay to Breakers” every spring in San Francisco.

caitlinCaitlin McDonald
Communication and
Special Projects Manager

Awards, Workshops
Social Media
Branding and Communications
Exhibits and Sponsorships

Caitlin graduated from the University of Utah in 2009 with B.A. degrees in History and Asian Studies, then completed an M.A. in Asian Studies in 2013. She enjoyed working with students as an Academic Advisor for International and Area Studies at the University of Utah for 5 years.  Her other experiences include working as a Women’s Empowerment Coordinator with the Refugee and Immigrant Center, Marketing and Events Coordinator with the United Way of Salt Lake, then as a TEFL volunteer with the Peace Corps in Thailand. Caitlin loves traveling and can have a conversation in 5 languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Thai). She is currently working on a Master of Public Administration degree while learning the ins and outs of the nonprofit world at the Law and Society Association.

warrenMegan Warren
Program Manager


Meeting Submission System
Meeting Scheduling
CRN and IRC Groups

Megan came to LSA after two years working in grant administration at the University of Utah’s College of Nursing. She has a BS in environmental science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She served three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia and Ecuador, where she developed environmental education curriculum for school groups and worked with  subsistence farmers on watershed management. She is excited to join the Law and Society Association for the next year as a way to combine her experience working on grants and her interest in public policy.


harshanHarshan Nagulapally
Database Manager


Membership Database
Website Management

Harshan works as an Interim Database Manager while he is attending his graduate school in Business Analytics at University of Utah. He has great interest in data management & analysis and is excited to expand his practical knowledge.He has previous work experience as System Engineer at Tata Consultancy Services for a period of 2 years and felt the urge to upgrade his skills leading him to his graduate degree. For his passion, he has done various technical certifications in the field of Business Intelligence. He has an Undergraduate degree in Electronics & Communications from Vignan's University, India. He worked as a volunteer for many professional and academic events such as Student Coordinator for admission events during Under-graduation, a safety-First volunteer and some small scale events aimed at the under privileged at his workplace. He is looking forward to explore his work at Law and Society Association and believes in growing personally and professionally.