Collaborative Research Networks
Andrea Freeman, Gregory Parks
The CRN on Critical Research on Race and the Law is “critical” in at least two different senses. The name suggests an urgency in terms of expanding the socio-legal studies research agenda to more prominently include race and racial inequality. The name also is meant to draw upon some of the most exciting work in the legal academy over the past two decades under the Critical Race Theory and LatCrit rubrics. Similarly, law and society scholars are drawing increasingly upon studies of race and ethnicity from diverse disciplines that incorporate cultural studies and/or critical theory. Scholars in history, sociology, and anthropology (just to name some of the fields well-represented in law and society) are doing innovative studies that center race, racial inequality, and systems of racial classification of great interest to scholars interested in law and legal institutions. We hope the CRN on Critical Research on Race and the Law will serve as a space in which scholars interested in race and the law can engage each others’ research projects and more generally network with each other.