Articles & Essays

Civil Disobedience, State Action, and Lawmaking Outside the Courts: Robert Bell’s Encounter with American Law, 39 Journal of Supreme Court History 347 (2014).

A Short Biography of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 67 S.M.U. Law Review 229 (2014).

Civil Rights History: The Old and The New, Harvard Law Review Forum (June 2013).

Law and Local Knowledge in the History of the Civil Rights Movement, 125 Harvard Law Review 1018 (2012) (reviewing Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Oxford University Press, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (2011)).

Bringing the Law Back into the History of the Civil Rights Movement: Legal History Dialogue with Nancy MacLean, 27 Law and History Review 657 (2009).

The Role of Law in the Making of Racial Identity: The Case of Harrisburg's W. Justin Carter, 18 Widener Law Journal 1 (2008).

Law and Mass Politics in the Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1931-1941, 93 Journal of American History 37 (2006).

Rethinking Civil Rights Lawyering and Politics in the Era Before Brown, 115 Yale Law Journal 256 (2005).

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander. In Notable American Women, 1976-2000: A Biographical DictionaryEdited by Susan Ware (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005).

The Myth of Brown? The Pocket Part: A Companion to the Yale Law Journal, November, 2005.

The Obama Phenomenon: How Past and Present Resonate, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, August, 2004, at 99.

A Social History of Everyday Practice: Sadie T. M. Alexander and the Incorporation of Black Women into the American Legal Profession, 1925-60, 87 Cornell Law Review 1405 (2002). (reprinted in Susan D. Carle, ed., Lawyers' Ethics and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Critical Reader, New York University Press, 2005; and reprinted in Adrien Katherine Wing, ed., Critical Race Feminism: A Reader, 2d ed., New York University Press, 2003.)

Law, Society, Identity and the Making of the Jim Crow South: Travel and Segregation on Tennessee Railroads, 1875-1905, 24 Law and Social Inquiry 377 (1999). (reprinted in Race, Law and Society (Ashgate 2007.)) 

Legality of Divestment Statutes, 103 Harvard Law Review 817 (1990).