Race, Justice and the Law


About the Panelists

Armour_Jody__fob14Jody Armour studies the intersection of race and legal decision-making. His book Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. He is a sought-after legal expert on criminal law and social justice issues in a wide range of media outlets. At the request of the U.S. Department of State and European embassies, Armour has toured major universities in Europe to speak about social justice as well as hip hop culture and the law.  Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at USC.

angemarie_fob14Ange-Marie Hancock is the author of Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics and the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen. A globally recognized scholar of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy, Hancock has appeared in media outlets including The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and KCAL 9’s Saturday-morning news show, where she is a regular political expert. Hancock is an associate professor of political science and gender studies at USC.

Daria Roithmayr_fob14Daria Roithmayr is the George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Professor of Law at the USC Gould School of Law. An internationally acclaimed legal scholar and activist, she is one of the country’s leading voices on the legal analysis of structural racial inequality. Before coming to USC, Professor Roithmayr advised Senator Edward Kennedy on the nominations of Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and David Souter. She is the author of Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage.

Dan Simon_fob14Dan Simon (Moderator) is a professor at the USC Gould School of Law specializing in law and psychology. He has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School and Harvard Law School. Prior to entering academia, he worked as human rights lawyer on the West Bank. Simon is the author of In Doubt: The Psychology of the Criminal Justice Process, which explores the psychological causes of mistaken criminal verdicts and offers concrete and feasible suggestions for minimizing mistakes.