Diversity Readings Related to First-Year Courses

Updated Sept. 22, 2014
Prepared by Mary Whisner.


Diversity issues are not restricted to specialized courses like Civil Rights, Race and the Law, Feminist Jurisprudence, or Lat Crit Theory, Praxis & Community Seminar. They are present throughout the curriculum, including in foundational courses like Contracts and Civil Procedure I. To assist students and faculty who want to explore these areas, the Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity requested a list of readings to highlight how issues of race, class, sex, and sexuality can arise in traditional first-year courses. Recently, we have started adding works on disability issues as well.

Abstracts are provided for many of the works listed in the guides. The absence of an abstract doesn't mean that a work isn't worth reading, just that I haven't taken the time to add one yet.

None of the guides is comprehensive. I would be happy to receive recommendations at whisner [at] uw.edu.

Many articles will be available in several places.

  • Documents on SSRN can be downloaded free (with a few exceptions).
  • HeinOnline is available to all UW users.
  • Many articles are available in LexisNexis Academic (UW users) and in Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext (services licensed for law school users only).

Books' call numbers are for their locations in the Gallagher Law Library. Some books are also available in other campus libraries or in UW Libraries e-book packages. Check the catalog.

Course-Specific Guides

To make it easier to navigate, there are separate pages for different courses:

Diversity Readings in Civil Procedure

Diversity Readings in Constitutional Law (Structures of Government)

Diversity Readings in Contracts

Diversity Readings in Criminal Law

Diversity Readings in Legal Analysis, Research & Writing

Diversity Readings in Property

Diversity Readings in Torts

Books Offering Overviews

Martha E. Chamallas, Introduction to Feminist Legal Theory (3d ed. 2012), Classified Stacks (K349 .C49 2012). Publisher's page.

Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (2d ed. 2012), Classified Stacks (KF4755 .D454 2012). Publisher's page.

Nancy Levit & Robert R. M. Verchick, Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer (2006), Classified Stacks (KF478 .L46 2006). Publisher's page.


Collections of Articles

The following books present articles on a variety diversity issues, not necessarily related to first-year courses. Some of the essays are reprinted from journals; others were written for the books they are in.

After Identity: A Reader in Law and Culture (Dan Danielsen & Karen Engle eds., 1995), Classified Stacks (K376 .A37 1995)

Critical Race Feminism: A Reader (Adrien Katherine Wing ed., 1997), Classified Stacks (HQ1154 .C75 1997)

Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., 3d ed. 2013), Classified Stacks (KF4755 .C75 2013). Publisher's page.

Critical White Studies (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., 1997), campus libraries. Publisher's page. Part IV is "Whiteness: Law's Role."

Crossroads, Directions, and a New Critical Race Theory (Francisco Valdes et al. eds., 2002), Classified Stacks (KF4755.A75 C76 2002). Publisher's page.

Discussions on Disability Law and Policy (Patricia C. Kuszler & Christy Thompson Ibrahim eds., 2014), Classified Stacks (KF480 .K89 2014). Publisher's page.

Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (Martha Fineman et al. eds., 2009), Classified Stacks (K349 .F455 2009). Publisher's page.

Feminist Legal History: Essays on Women and Law (Tracy A. Thomas & Tracey Jean Boisseau eds., 2011), Classified Stacks (KF478 .F46 2011)

Feminist Legal Theory: An Anti-Essentialist Reader (Nancy E. Dowd & Michelle S. Jacobs eds., 2003), Classified Stacks (K349 .F46 2003)

Feminist Legal Theory: Readings in Law and Gender (Katharine T. Bartlett & Rosanne Terese Kennedy eds.,1991), Classified Stacks K644.Z9 F46 1991

Indian Law Stories (Carole E. Goldberg et al. eds., 2011), Reference Area LC (KF8205.A2 I535 2011)

Law and Class in America: Trends Since the Cold War (Paul Carrington & Trina Jones eds., 2006), Classified Stacks (K370 .L385 2006)

Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach (Frank Rudy Cooper et al. eds., 2012), Classified Stacks (HQ1088 .M85 2012)

The Politics of Law: A Progressive Critique (David Kairys ed., 3d ed. 1998), Reference Area (KF8700 .P65 1998)

Race Law Stories (Rachel F. Moran & Devon W. Carbado eds., 2008), Reference Area (KF4755 .R33 2008)

Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory (Martha Fineman ed., 2011), Classified Stacks (K349 .T73 2011)

Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching: A Critical Reader (Soc'y of Am. Law Teachers & Golden Gate U. Sch. of L. eds., 2011), Classified Stacks (KF336 .V85 2011)

Women and the Law Stories (Elizabeth M. Schneider & Stephanie M. Wildman eds., 2011), Reference Area LC (KF478.A5 W645 2011)



James R. Hackney, Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (2012), Classified Stacks (KF380 .H33 2012). Publisher's page.

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