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Meet the Center Co-Directors

Emily M.S. Houh

Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts

Professor Houh teaches contracts, commercial law, and critical race theory. Her scholarship focuses on contract law and critical race theory and she is a frequent speaker on these topics at national conferences and symposia. Her articles and essays have appeared in such journals as the Cornell Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Utah Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Law & Society Review, and California Law Review. Professor Houh has served as chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and the Humanities and on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, and currently is a member of the 2011 Program Committee of the Law and Society Association. She is the faculty advisor to the Freedom Center Journal.

For more about Professor Houh, visit her webpage.

Kristin Kalsem

Charles Hartsock Professor of Law

Professor Kalsem co-directs the university’s joint degree program in law and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, a pioneer program for which the College of Law is nationally known. She teaches in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, feminist legal theory, and law and literature. An expert in the areas of women’s legal history and the cultural study of law, Professor Kalsem has a book forthcoming from the Ohio State University Press entitled In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature. She also writes about issues of gender, race, and class in the contexts of bankruptcy reform and consumer protection. Her scholarship has been published in such journals as the Harvard Women’s Law Journal, the Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, and UCLA Women’s Law Journal. Professor Kalsem has served as chair and on the executive board of the AALS Section on Law and the Humanities.

For more about Professor Kalsem, visit her webpage.

Verna L. Williams

Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law

After many years of practice in the areas of civil and women’s rights, Professor Williams joined the College of Law, where she and Professor Kalsem co-direct the university’s joint degree program in law and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Professor Williams’ scholarship examines the intersection of race, gender, and class in education law and policy; she frequently presents her work at conferences and symposia around the country. Professor Williams’ work has been published in such journals as the Wisconsin Law Review, UCLA Women’s Law Journal, Denver University Law Review, and the Virginia Sport and Entertainment Law Journal.

For more about Professor Williams, visit her webpage.

Meet the Center’s Research Assistants

David Lopez-Kurtz '18

Katie Gaines '18