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Reading Group Selections

Each quarter during the academic year Legal Studies hosts a reading group for our faculty and graduate students interested in law. We provide the reading materials, you provide the dialog. 

Keep an eye out for our future reading group events.

See below for our previous selections:

 

Fall 2018 Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor Virginia Eubanks (St. Martin's Press, 2018)
Spring 2018 The Sit-Ins: Protest and Legal Change in the Civil Rights Era Christopher W. Schmidt (University of Chicago Press, 2018)
Winter 2018 Derrick Bell, “The Space Traders” from Faces at the Bottom of the Well (1992)
Patricia J. Williams, “Alchemical Notes: Reconstructing Ideals from Deconstructed Rights,” 22 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 401 (1987) [HeinOnline]
Kimberle Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” 1989 U. Chi. Legal F. 139 (1989) [HeinOnline]
Fall 2017 David M. Engel, "The Oven Bird's Song: Insiders, Outsiders, and Personal Injuries in an American Community," Law & Society Review 18, no. 4 (1984): 551-582
Hendrik Hartog, "Pigs and Positivism," Wisconsin Law Review 1985, no. 4 (1985): 899-935
Spring 2017 Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row Forrest Stuart (University Of Chicago Press, 2016)
Winter 2017 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement Keramet Reiter (Yale University Press, 2016)
Fall 2016 Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic Professor Joanne B. Freeman (Yale University Press, 2002)
Spring 2016 Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s Risa Goluboff (Oxford University Press, 2016)
Winter 2016 Evidence Matters: Science, Proof, and Truth in the Law (Law in Context) Susan Haack (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Fall 2015 Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind Osagie K. Obasogie (Stanford Law Books, 2013)
Spring 2015 Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution (Studies in Postwar American Political Development) Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Winter 2015 Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran Afsaneh Najmabadi (Duke University Press, 2013)
Fall 2014  At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power Danielle L. McGuire (Knopf, 2010)
Spring 2014 The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream Randol Contreras (University of California Press, 2013) 
Winter 2014 What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America Peggy Pascoe (Oxford University Press, 2010) 
Fall 2013 Everyday Law on the Street Mariana Valverde (University of Chicago Press, 2012) 
Winter 2013 The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California Joshua Page (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Fall 2012 The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics since the New Deal Joanna Grisinger (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Spring 2012 Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press, 2012); and Mignon Moore, Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships, and Motherhood among Black Women Joey Mogul (University of California Press, 2011). 
Winter 2012 Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History Dan Kanstroom (Harvard University Press, 2007)
Fall 2011 Murder, Medicine and Motherhood Emma Cunliffe (Hart Publishing, 2011)  
Winter 2010 Movie night! Dislocation, a documentary by Sudhir Venkatesh (William B. Ransford Professor, Department of Sociology, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University)
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