About the Program

The Program explores the relationship between race, gender, and the ways people are policed. Policing refers to not only the activities of law enforcement officers, but also the ways that other actors, such as immigration officials, prison officials, schools, and private citizens, participate in surveillance and control. The Program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and concrete reforms in Nevada, the nation, and beyond. To this end, the Program brings together scholars, practitioners, and activists to address issues related to race, gender, and policing. In terms of activities, we anticipate that the program will sponsor periodic events relating to its mission and help facilitate partnerships with UNLV, local, state and national partners.

Race Gender and Policing


Next Meeting

Contact Professor Frank Rudy Cooper to join the open portion of the next meeting.


Former Law School Course on Policing

The Program on Race, Gender & Policing was proud to support the Law School's course Law and Inequality: Policing, Protest & Reform. The course was mandatory for 1Ls and open to upper-year students as an elective. It provided a history of policing and introduced major legal issues related to policing that lawyers should understand. The four founders of the course are the Co-facilitators of the Program, Professors Chang, Cooper & Rolnick, and Professor Eve Hanan, who co-teaches a Misdemeanor clinic and has joined the Board of the Program. Professor Joan Howarth is chaired the course for several semesters. A large group of Law School professors ran discussion groups for the course, including Ben Edwards, Anne McGinley, Lydia Nussbaum, David Orentlicher, Ngai Pindell, Kathy Stanchi, Jeff Stempel, David Tennenhaus, and Anne Traum.

Symposium on Race AND Gender AND Policing in the Nevada Law Journal

The Program on Race, Gender & Policing is pleased to have worked with the Nevada Law Journal to produce a written symposium on race and gender and policing. This issue of the Journal will feature ten articles on various themes related to this topic. The Co-facilitators of the Program, Professors Chang, Cooper, and Rolnick, have authored a substantial article that serves as an introduction to the symposium. Visit the symposium page for a description of the issue.