New Books from UCLA Law Faculty


UCLA Law Magazine | Fall 2023 | Volume 46

December 5, 2023

UCLA Law faculty members publish award-winning books on a wide range of topics. See our faculty's most recent books below.


RICHARD ABEL

The covers of three books by RICHARD ABEL:  How Autocrats Abuse Power: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism, How Autocrats Attack Expertise: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism, and How Autocrats Seek Power: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism

How Autocrats Abuse Power: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism

How Autocrats Attack Expertise: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism

How Autocrats Seek Power: Resistance to Trump and Trumpism

(Routledge, forthcoming, 2024)

In three new books, Abel chronicles and analyzes resistance to the threat that autocracy poses to American liberal democracy, providing the definitive account of Trump’s assault on truth and his populist attacks on expertise, his efforts to erode democracy’s essential elements, and the rise of his populist support in 2016 and failed efforts to nullify the result of the 2020 election, as well as oppositions to those efforts.

Richard Abel is the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and a distinguished research professor.


The cover of the book by STEPHEN BAINBRIDGE, The Profit Motive: Defending Shareholder Value Maximization STEPHEN BAINBRIDGE

The Profit Motive: Defending Shareholder Value Maximization (Cambridge University Press, 2023)

What responsibility, if any, does a corporation have to society? How should corporations balance environmental, social and governance factors? Bainbridge addresses these questions of corporate purpose using historical, legal and economic perspectives, entering the debate around corporate social responsibility to mount an unabashed defense of shareholder capitalism and maximizing shareholder value.

Stephen Bainbridge is the William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law.


The cover of the book by KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW (with the African American Policy Forum), #SayHerName: Black Women’s Stories of Police Violence and Public SilenceKIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW (with the African American Policy Forum)

#SayHerName: Black Women’s Stories of Police Violence and Public Silence (Haymarket Books, 2023)

Black women, girls and femmes have been killed by the police, though we rarely hear their names or learn their stories. This book provides an analytical framework for understanding their susceptibility to police brutality and state- sanctioned violence, and it explains how—through Black feminist storytelling and ritual—we can effectively mobilize various communities and empower them to advocate for racial justice.

Kimberlé Crenshaw holds the Promise Institute Chair in Human Rights and is a distinguished professor of law.


The cover of the book by RICHARD HASEN,  A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy RICHARD HASEN

A Real Right to Vote: How a Constitutional Amendment Can Safeguard American Democracy (Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2024)

Throughout history, too many Americans have been disenfranchised or have faced needless barriers to voting. Drawing on troubling stories of state attempts to disenfranchise military voters, women, African Americans, students, former felons, Native Americans and others, Hasen argues that American democracy can and should do better in assuring that all eligible voters can cast a meaningful vote that will be fairly counted.

Richard Hasen is a professor of law and political science and director of the Safeguarding Democracy Project.


The cover of the book by KAL RAUSTIALA, The Absolutely Indispensable Man: Ralph Bunche, the United Nations, and the Fight to End EmpireKAL RAUSTIALA

The Absolutely Indispensable Man: Ralph Bunche, the United Nations, and the Fight to End Empire (Oxford University Press, 2022)

A legendary diplomat, scholar and civil rights leader, Bunche was one of the most prominent Black Americans of the 20th century. Yet today, he is largely forgotten. In this wide-ranging political biography of the diplomat, Nobel Prize winner and civil rights leader, Raustiala restores Bunche to his rightful place in history.

Kal Raustiala is the Promise Institute Distinguished Professor of Comparative and International Law and director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations.


The cover of the book by JOANNA SCHWARTZ, Shielded: How the Police Became UntouchableJOANNA SCHWARTZ

Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable (Viking, 2023)

The high-profile murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have brought much- needed attention to the pervasiveness of police misconduct. Yet it remains nearly impossible to hold police accountable for abuses of power. Schwartz exposes the myriad ways in which our legal system protects police at all costs, with analyses about subjects ranging from qualified immunity to no- knock warrants.

Joanna Schwartz is a professor of law and faculty director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.


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