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Law Center Books & Articles

Center for Law, Justice & Culture faculty research reflects a fundamental commitment to the study of law and society from a liberal arts perspective.

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).



Susan R. Burgess - Contest for Constitutional Authority

Burgess, Susan R. 1992. Contest for Constitutional Authority: The Abortion and War Powers Debates. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.





Gilliom, John (w/ Torin Monahan 2012. SuperVision: An Introduction to the Surveillance Society. University Of Chicago Press.




John Gilliom - Overseers of the Poor

Gilliom, John. 2001. Overseers of the Poor: Surveillance, Resistance, and the Limits of Privacy. The University of Chicago Press.




John Gilliom - Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law

Gilliom, John. 1994. Surveillance, Privacy, and the Law: Employee Drug Testing and the Politics of Social Control. The University of Michigan Press.




Judith Grant - Fundamental Feminism

Grant, Judith. 1993. Fundamental Feminism: Contesting the Core Concepts of Feminist Theory. Routledge.




Marina Peterson - Sound, Space, and the City

Peterson, Marina. 2010. Sound, Space, and the City Civic Performance in Downtown Los Angeles. University of Pennsylvania Press.




Kathleen Sullivan - Constitutional Context

Sullivan, Kathleen. 2007. Constitutional Context: Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth Century America. Series in Constitutional Thought. Johns Hopkins University Press.



Kevin Uhalde - Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine

Uhalde, Kevin. 2007. Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.




Thomas Vander Ven - Working Mothers and Juvenile Delinquency

Vander Ven, Thomas. 2003. Working Mothers and Juvenile Delinquency. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.




Thomas Vander Ven - Getting Wasted

Vander Ven, Thomas. 2011. Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard. New York: New York University Press.




Julie Ann White - Democracy, Justice and the Welfare State: Reconstructing Public Care

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:

  • American Quarterly
  • Anthropological Quarterly
  • Anthropology Today
  • Contemporary Justice Review
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Crime, Media, Culture
  • Criminal Justice Matters
  • Criminal Justice Review
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Deviant Behavior
  • European Journal of International Relations
  • Federal Probation
  • International Journal of Hindu Studies
  • Interventions
  • 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
  • Police Quarterly
  • Policing
  • Politics and Gender
  • Polity
  • Prison Service Journal
  • PS: Political Science and Politics
  • Race and Class
  • Rethinking Marxism
  • Signs
  • Social Problems
  • Social Text
  • Teaching Sociology
  • USC Journal of Law and Women's Studies
  • Women and Politics