Race AND Gender AND Policing Symposium

Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the Nevada Law Journal on "Race AND Gender AND Policing." Guest-edited by the faculty board of UNLV Boyd School of Law’s Program on Race, Gender & Policing, this issue will bring together scholars of Law, Criminology, and related fields for an interdisciplinary conversation centered on the simultaneous analysis of race and gender and policing. We construe this topic broadly as encompassing all forms of surveillance and control, including but not limited to aspects of local law enforcement, national immigration policies, and school discipline rules that reflect or construct assumptions about both race and gender.

Interested parties should submit abstracts of at least 375 words (we encourage longer abstracts and draft papers are permitted) to with the heading "Call For Papers." Submissions may be Essays of approximately 6,250 words or Articles of significantly greater length. Abstracts are due on or before May 5, 2020. We will notify people of their acceptance by May 20, 2020. Complete first drafts of Essays will be due August 20, 2020. Submissions will be published in Volume 21, Issue 3 of the NNevada Law Journal, which will print in April 2021.

The Program on Race, Gender & Policing 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 civilians, participate in surveillance and control. The Program seeks to foster interdisciplinary research and concrete reforms in Nevada, the nation, and beyond. Our goal for this symposium is nothing less than to produce an issue that becomes the best statement of how race and gender and policing come together.

Potential paper topics include, but are in no way limited to, the following:

  • Analyses of how police officers view both race and gender;
  • Constitutional issues surrounding policing of both race and gender;
  • Criminalization of Latinx identities;
  • Police assaults against women of color;
  • Policing of LGBTQ+ in Asia;
  • Differential race and gender effects of private patrolling of space;
  • Policing of Native women;
  • Racial profiling and masculinities;
  • Disappearances of women in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, or elsewhere;
  • Disparities in policing in schools;
  • Differential racial effects of low rape clearance rates;
  • [Anything else addressing a form of policing and both race and gender].

We also encourage activists and practitioners to write accounts of their activities and cases that bring together issues of race and gender and policing. Regardless of an author’s topic, the editors will carefully review all proposals and make selections based on quality and relevance. We encourage both veterans of this topic and emerging scholars to submit proposals.

If you have any questions, please contact Frank at frankrudy.cooper@unlv.edu.

With gratitude,

Boyd Law Professors Stewart Chang, Frank Rudy Cooper, & Addie Rolnick,
Nevada Law Journal Editors John McCormick-Huhn & Gillian Block