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Critical Perspectives Reading List

The first year professors for the class of 2023 have curated this list of critical perspective readings.

SU Faculty Authors

Robert S. Chang, Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law, and the Nation-State (1999).

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (3d ed.).

Eric Yamamoto, Margaret Chon, et al., Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment (2d ed.) (soon to be updated to Eric Yamamoto, Lorraine K. Bannai, and Margaret Chon, Race, Rights, and National Security: Law and the Japanese American Incarceration).

  • Chapter 1 of the second edition has concise treatments of Asian American legal history, and chapter 7 has concise summaries of African American, Native Hawaiian legal history, from critical perspectives.

General Reading

Dorothy A. Brown, Critical Race Theory: Cases, Materials and Problems (West Academic, 3d ed., 2014) (catalog link forthcoming).

  • This book uses the case method approach and applies critical race theory to the first year curriculum: torts, contracts, criminal law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, and property. Professor Derrick Bell wrote the Preface to the second edition.