CLEAR Faculty Fellow Community Presentations: Zinaida Miller and Caleb Gayle

Join the Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) for a symposium with CLEAR Faculty Fellows, Zinaida Miller and Caleb Gayle

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Zinaida Miller is Professor of Law and International Affairs at the School of Law and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. An authority on transitional justice, human rights and humanitarianism, Professor Miller studies the reproduction of inequality and structural violence in areas including South Africa, Palestine, Rwanda, and the U.S.  She co-edited the book Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (Cambridge University Press 2016); her work has appeared in International Criminal Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Opinio JurisJust Security, and many others. Professor Miller is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School and co-director of NUSL’s Program on Human Rights & the Global Economy.

Professor Miller’s fellowship project, Time, Law and, Justice: Pasts and Presents of Colonialism, Race, and Inequality, will offer a new theory of temporality in legal doctrine, adjudication, argument, and interpretation, focusing on the transmission and reproduction of racialized harms and subordination. Courts, legislatures, and civil society actors in colonial, settler-colonial, and former slave states are engaged in ongoing battles over the relationships between past racialized injustice and radically unequal distributions of wealth and power today.  Professor Miller’s project will examine how legal doctrine and decision in areas such as criminal, constitutional, and human rights law shape and are shaped by specific ideas about time – and will ask whether, when, and how temporal constraints produce racialized effects.  Her work seeks to reconceptualize time and temporality in law in relationship to ongoing duties, debts and responsibilities, particularly with regard to the intergenerational transmission of benefit, harm and privilege.

Caleb Gayle is Professor at the School of Journalism and in Africana Studies. He's also the associate director of the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. A journalist and contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, he writes about race and identity.  His is the author of We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power (Riverhead Books, 2022), finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award for Nonfiction, and longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award.

During the fellowship, Professor Gayle will return to the topic of African Americans and westward expansion. Following the failures of Reconstruction in the early 20th century, thousands of Black people made their way to the Old West, endeavoring to begin again. Gayle’s next book, titled Pushahead: The Story of Edward McCabe and his Dreams of Colonization, tells this migration story from the vantage point of Edward P. McCabe, a Black politician who aimed not just to colonize part of the American West, but to turn Oklahoma Territory into an all-Black state, with him as governor.

Gayle’s work seeks to examine McCabe’s brand of self-determination, which earned him the nickname “Pushahead” from his white Republican colleagues who found his enterprising and intense advocacy for Black power detestable.  Gayle will explore how law shaped relationships between public lands, private property, US colonial expansion, and racial formation. Professor Gayle also seeks to design an oral history project, cataloguing the stories of those still living in and descendants of the people who founded all-black towns such as those McCabe championed and built.


Jun 13, 2024

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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