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Northwest Detention Center
February 25, 2021
By Katie Pattenaude, LSJ Student Communications Assistant LSJ Professor Angelina Godoy believes that the best learning is learning by doing. Particularly in the field of human rights, Godoy says that while there is an important place for book learning and lectures, the best learning couples deeper analysis of text and scholarly work with hands-on work in communities that are struggling for their rights. With this principle in mind, when she knew she would be teaching an LSJ 491 senior seminar... Read more
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January 28, 2021
By Katie Pattenaude, LSJ Student Communications Assistant This January, LSJ Professor Steve Herbert released his new podcast, Making Amends. Featuring six men incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary, this series explores atonement, accountability, and justice in the age of mass incarceration.  Making Amends was, in part, inspired by the extensive interviews Herbert conducted with lifers and prison staff for his 2019 book, Too Easy to Keep: Life Sentenced Prisoners and the Future of Mass... Read more
Stephen Meyers
January 4, 2021
By Katie Pattenaude, LSJ Student Communications Assistant Amidst an extraordinary summer, Professor Stephen Meyers found a creative way to connect the LSJ community.  Just after graduation in June, Meyers created the “Social Justice Bookless Book Club,” in which LSJ students, alumni, and faculty came together to discuss relevant social justice issues. Rather than reading novels, the club engaged with articles, podcasts, and op-eds. Meyers says that there were two primary motivations for... Read more
union by law cover art
November 30, 2020
By Katie Pattenaude, LSJ Student Communications Assistant 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... Read more
lsj advisory council
November 16, 2020
By Katie Pattenaude, LSJ Student Communications Assistant 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... Read more
Photo of Rawan Arar
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