Previous Critical Race Studies Fellows
2009 – 2011 CRS Fellow: Addie C. Rolnick
Addie Rolnick served as the inaugural Critical Race Studies Fellow from 2009 to 2011. During the fellowship, her work mined the intersections and disjuncture between anti-racism and indigenous rights. She taught Critical Race Theory and a seminar entitled Indigenous Peoples, Race & American Law and published an article, "The Promise of Mancari: Indian Political Rights as Racial Remedy," 86 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 958 (2011), which received an honorable mention for the Law and Society Association's John Hope Franklin Prize recognizing the best article on race and law. Thereafter, she joined University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, where she teaches federal Indian law, Critical Race Theory, criminal law, civil rights, and a practicum in tribal law. Her research focuses on criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country; race and crime; and bridging gaps between federal Indian law, civil rights, and indigenous rights. Her scholarship has been published in the N.Y.U. Law Review, theUCLA Law Review, theAmerican Indian Law Review, the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, and theAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal, and she has advised various federal bodies and tribal organizations on Native youth in the juvenile justice system. She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004 and her M.A. in American Indian Studies in 2007, also from UCLA. Prior to joining the academy, she represented tribal governments as an attorney and lobbyist with Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP in Washington, D.C. and worked as a legislative drafting consultant to tribal governments.
2010 – 2012 CRS Fellow: Priscilla Ocen
Priscilla Ocen was the 2010 - 2012 Critical Race Studies Fellow at UCLA School of Law, where she taught a course on Critical Race Theory and a seminar on Race, Gender and Incarceration. She now serves as an Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where she teaches criminal law, family law and a seminar on race, gender and the law. Her work examines the relationship between race and gender identities and punishment. In particular, Ocen’s scholarship has explored conditions of confinement within women’s prisons and the race and gender implications of the use of practices such as shackling during labor and childbirth. She has also explored the ways in which race, gender and class interact to render women of color vulnerable to various forms of violence and criminalization. Her work has appeared in academic journals such as the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review and the Du Bois Review as well as popular media outlets such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Ebony and Al Jazeera. She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2006.
2012 – 2014 CRS Fellow: Khaled Beydoun
Khaled Beydoun served as the 2012 - 2014 Critical Race Studies Fellow. He is now an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory and Torts. He was previously on faculty at Barry School of Law and currently serves as Senior Affiliated Faculty at the University of California Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. Connecting the legal history of Arab and Muslim Americans with the modern era, Beydoun’s scholarship critically examines the expansion of the national security state and its impact on the civil liberties and civil rights of Arab, Muslim and Middle Eastern communities, and the contemporary rise of Islamophobia as a form of animus carried out by the state and private actors. His scholarship has been featured in top law journals, including the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, and the Columbia Law Review (Online). He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2004.