Our faculty's research reflects a fundamental commitment to the study of law and society from a liberal arts perspective.
Legal Constructions of Race
Debra Thompson examines the history of racial classifications in national census projects. "The census makes the idea of race seem natural and normal rather than what it really is -- socially constructed, often contradictory, and always contested.".
This approach, which complements the aims of pre-law programs and law schools across the United States, deploys all the tools of the social sciences and the humanities in an interdisciplinary mission to fully understand the nature of law and its unprecedented roles in contemporary societies.
Faculty research addresses topics as diverse as the struggles for justice in Rwanda, Kashmir, and Appalachia; the politics of law, gender, class, race, and sexuality; the workings of courts, lawyers, police, and punishment; and the study of law, crime, public policy, social movements, and culture. What these scholars share, across a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, is a focus on the law as a social, political, and cultural phenomenon that is inextricably intertwined in questions of justice, inequality, governance, democracy, violence, and liberation.
Center faculty have published research monographs and edited collections in leading series of sociolegal studies with prestigious academic publishers, including Ashgate Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, LFB Scholarly Publishing, New York University Press, Pennsylvania State University Press, Praeger Publishers, Routledge, University of Chicago Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Pennsylvania Press.
Burgess, Susan. 2008. The Founding Fathers, Popular Culture and Constitutional Law: Who’s Your Daddy? Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate (Law, Justice, and Power series).
Burgess, Susan R. 1992. Contest for Constitutional Authority: The Abortion and War Powers Debates. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.
Gilliom, John. 1994. Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law: Employee Drug Testing and the Politics of Social Control. The University of Michigan Press.
Grant, Judith. 1993. Fundamental Feminism: Contesting the Core Concepts of Feminist Theory. Routledge.
Sullivan, Kathleen. 2007. Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth Century America. Series in Constitutional Thought. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Uhalde, Kevin. 2007. Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
|Vander Ven, Thomas. 2003. Working Mothers and Juvenile Delinquency. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.|
|Vander Ven, Thomas. 2011. Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard. New York: New York University Press.|
|White, Julie Anne. 2000. Democracy, Justice and the Welfare State: Reconstructing Public Care. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.|
Center faculty publish across the main journals in law and society while also bringing law and society concerns to the top journals in their respective fields.
Center faculty routinely publish in the leading journals of sociolegal studies, including:
Law & Social Inquiry
Law & Society Review
Law & Policy
Political & Legal Anthropology Review
Law, Culture, and the Humanities
Studies in Law, Politics, and Society
Faculty have also brought a law & society emphasis to research published in leading journals in their respective fields, including:
Contemporary Justice Review
Crime and Delinquency
Crime, Media, Culture
Criminal Justice Matters
Criminal Justice Review
European Journal of International Relations
International Journal of Hindu Studies
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Journal of Criminal Justice Education
Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Journal of Criminal Justice
Legal Studies Forum
New Political Science
Politics and Gender
Prison Service Journal
PS: Political Science and Politics
Race and Class
USC Journal of Law and Women’s Studies
Women and Politics
Center for Law, Justice & Culture
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