Who We Are
Seventeen years ago, a group of scholar-activists organized a series of conversations about law and the growth of economic inequality, both nationally and globally. Building on “outsider” jurisprudence, which moved inequalities of race, class, gender, and sexuality from the margins to the center of law, the group theorized a jurisprudence of law, economic inequality, and class. To foreground economic justice, the group critiqued mainstream law and economic perspectives and focused specifically on economic power and its deleterious effects on the day-to-day lives of poor and working-class people.
Rejecting the neoliberal ideology of scarcity, and reclaiming the possibilities presented by the commons and by collective action, ClassCrits was born. Our name “ClassCrits” reflects our ties to critical legal analysis and our goal of addressing economic class in the multiple intersecting forms of subordination. We confront the roots of economic inequality in divisions such as race and gender and in legal and economic systems destructive to the well-being of humanity and the planet.
ClassCrits Conference Planning Committee and ClassCrits, Inc. Board of Directors
Shelley Cavalieri, University of Toledo College of Law
Antonia Eliason, University of Mississippi School of Law
Victoria Haneman, Creighton University School of Law
Angela Harris, U.C. Davis School of Law & U.C. Davis Center for Poverty Research
Danielle Kie Hart, Southwestern Law School
Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee College of Law
Thomas Kleven, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Martha McCluskey, University at Buffalo School of Law (Emerita)
Athena Mutua, University at Buffalo School of Law
René Reich-Graefe, Western New England University School of Law
Lua Kamal Yuille, Northeastern University School of Law