R2X Speaker Spotlight #1: Peggy Cooper Davis


Peggy Cooper Davis will be giving a talk on ‘The Enduring Constitutional and Cultural Legacy of United States Slavery’ at the upcoming Race, Racism and Xenophobia in a Global Perspective II – New York Dialogue at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall on October 28, 2016. 

Peggy Cooper Davis is the John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics at NYU Law School. Cooper Davis joined the NYU Law faculty in September 1983 after having served for three years as a judge of the Family Court of the State of New York and having engaged in the practice and administration of law during the preceding 10 years. She has published two books and more than 50 articles and book chapters, most notably in the premier journals of Harvard, Yale, NYU, and Michigan law schools. Her analyses of cross-racial interactions within the legal system have been widely cited and used in legal training. Her analyses of judicial reliance on the social and psychological sciences have been pivotal to thinking about child placement decision-making in both public law and matrimonial contexts. Her 1997 book Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values and her book-in-progress Enacting Freedom illuminate the importance of anti-slavery and civil rights traditions as guides to the scope and meaning of Fourteenth Amendment liberty interests. Her recent book Enacting Pleasure is a collection of essays exploring the implications of Carol Gilligan’s relational psychology. Davis’s scholarship has also influenced the critique and evolution of legal pedagogy. She now directs the Experiential Learning Lab, through which she develops learning strategies for addressing interpretive, interactive, ethical, and social dimensions of legal practice. Davis has served as chair of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation and as a director of numerous not-for-profit, for-profit, and government entities.

Find out more about the Race, Racism and Xenophobia in a Global Context II – New York Dialogue here and RSVP to attend here

You can read Cooper Davis’ full bio on the website of NYU Law School here

Here is an interesting 2001 article Davis wrote on the neglected stories of African Americans: http://bit.ly/1RORFcR


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