"Working with Prof. Jones in the Critical Race Theory course broadened my appreciation of the law's role in shaping social conceptions of race. Her course inspired me to craft an independent research project investigating constructions of race in Cuban law, as well as in the pro-revolution and opposition movements. With Prof. Jones's help, I spent spring break in Cuba my 3L year conducting this research, and gained global and comparative perspectives on the intersection of race and law."

—Ben Odell, '10, Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Core Faculty

Professor Martha S. Jones, a member of the Law School's Affiliated LS&A Faculty and associate professor of history and Afro American studies, is codirector of the Program in Race, Law & History and the Law in Slavery and Freedom Project. Her scholarly interests include the history of race, citizenship, slavery, and the rights of women in the United States and the Atlantic world.

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Professor William J. Novak, an award-winning legal scholar and historian, joined the Law School faculty in fall 2009. Prof. Novak came from the University of Chicago, where he had been an associate professor of history, a founding member of the university's Human Rights Program and Law, Letters, and Society Program, and director of its Center for Comparative Legal History.

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Professor Rebecca J. Scott is the Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Law. At the Law School, she teaches a course on civil rights and the boundaries of citizenship in historical perspective, as well as a seminar on the law in slavery and freedom.

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