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November 30, 2020
Professor Michael McCann has been heavily involved in union and progressive politics around the Puget Sound ever since he arrived in the region in the mid 1980s. As the founder of Law, Societies & Justice, a Professor of Political Science, and former director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, McCann’s expertise lies in rights-based struggles for social justice, with particular focus on challenges to race, gender, and class hierarchies.  In the late 1990s, McCann learned about... Read more
lsj advisory council
November 16, 2020
Give a warm welcome to the newest LSJ Student Advisory Council! This year’s council, consisting of 6 members, will be serving the LSJ Department for the 2020-2021 academic school year.  Despite this academic year being largely virtual, the Student Advisory Council is eager to connect with the student body and accomplish their goals. Above all, the Council hopes to support incoming LSJ students, strengthen the LSJ student community, and continue the anti-racism efforts LSJ students put forth in... Read more
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October 20, 2020
UW's Office of Global Affairs spoke to student Paulina Andrews recently about her experience with remote learning in Spring 2020.  Paulina discusses the creative approach that LSJ's Professor Arar used for her Genocide and the Law class.  Read the inspiring article here. We are so proud that Rawan is a part of the LSJ Department.   
Megan Ming Francis
September 21, 2020
Megan Ming Francis, Political Science and LSJ Associate Professor, is part of a $3 million initiative by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation.  With this grant, Francis plans "to expand the organizing work I do with incarcerated populations and will provide necessary seed funding to launch another project focused on detailing what wealthy institutions owe to communities of color."  Read more about this amazing award... Read more
Katherine Beckett
September 3, 2020
Check out the article "From Goldwater to Trump, the long history of 'Law and Order' politics" in The Christian Science Monitor and see Katherine Beckett's perspective.
Book Cover features two people inside a brilliantly colored mosque
July 2, 2020
By Hunter Kulik In Arzoo Osanloo’s latest book, Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims’ Rights in Iran, she explores the Iranian criminal justice system’s victim-centered approach in which the decision between forgiveness or retribution lies in the hands of the victim’s families. Arzoo Osanloo is a legal anthropologist. She holds a JD from the American University, Washington College of Law and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University. Osanloo is a former immigration... Read more
Photo of Michael McCann
June 17, 2020
KUOW interviews Political Science and LSJ Professor Michael McCann about his area of research: police violence and social movements.  Read the full article here... Read more
Samantha outside in front of lights
June 15, 2020
Samantha Fredman, recent LSJ graduate, is featured in UW's Perspectives newsletter.  Get inspired by Samantha's involvement in the community by reading the article here. You can read about other inspiring graduates in the full newsletter.
Photo of Megan Ming Francis
June 15, 2020
Megan Ming Francis, Associate Professor of Political Science and LSJ, is in the news!  You can read her recent article in the Washington Post about the history of white press endangering Black lives here.  You can also listen to a terrific discussion facilitated by Megan Ming Francis for the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School... Read more
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June 8, 2020
Statement on Racial Violence, Institutional Racism, and Police Brutality Department of Law, Societies, and Justice, June 2020 The Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) Department condemns ongoing police brutality and racial violence at the hands of both police and vigilantes, as well as the impunity that perpetrators of such violence enjoy. The utterly unjustifiable killing of George Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed Black man, has served as the catalyst for an outpouring of grief,... Read more