Saturday, October 28, 2023

From the Bookshelves: Race and National Security.  Edited by Matiangai V. S. Sirleaf

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Race and National Security

Race and National SecurityEdited by Matiangai V. S. Sirleaf (Oxford University Press, 2023)

Here is the publisher's description of the book:

"On both a national and global stage we are witnessing a reckoning on issues of racial justice. This historical moment that continues to unfold in the United States and elsewhere also creates an opening to spark and revitalize debate and policy changes on a range of crucial topics, including national security. By surfacing the depths to which White hegemonic power influences our institutions and cultural assumptions, we gain more accurate understanding of how race manifests in national security domestically, transnationally, and globally.

In Race and National Security, leading experts challenge conventional interpretations of national security by illuminating the underpinning of White supremacy in our social consciousness. The volume centers the experience of those who have long been on the receiving end of racialized state violence. It finds that re-envisioning national security requires more than just reducing the size and scope of the security state.

Contributors offer visions for reforming and transforming national security, including adopting an abolitionist framework. Race and National Security invites us to radically reimagine a world where the security state does not keep Black, Brown, and other marginalized peoples subordinated through threats of and actual incarceration, violence, torture, and death. Race and National Security is a groundbreaking volume which serves as a catalyst for remembering, exposing, and reconceiving the role of race in national security.

The Just Security book series from OUP tackles contemporary problems in international law and security that are of interest to a global community of scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and students. With each volume taking a particular thematic focus and gathering leading experts, the series as a whole aims to rigorously and critically reflect on developments in these areas of law, policy, and practice. Each volume will be accompanied by a series of shorter digital pieces in Just Security's online forum at, which tie the discussion to breaking news and headlines."

Here are the contributors:

Matiangai V.S. Sirleaf is the Nathan Patz Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Andrea Armstrong, Dr. Norman C. Francis Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University of New Orleans' College of Law and 2023 MacArthur Fellow

Aslı Bâli, Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Monica C. Bell, Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale University

Adelle Blackett, Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development, McGill University

Noura Erakat, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and the Program in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

James Thuo Gathii, Professor of Law and Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; 2022-2023 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law, American Bar Foundation

Margaret Hu, Professor of Law and Director of the Digital Democracy Lab, William & Mary Law School

Yuvraj Joshi, Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School; Fellow, Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights; Faculty Affiliate, UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights

Rachel López, Director of the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University Kline School of Law

Catherine Powell, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Associate Dean for Research & I. Herman Stern Research Professor, Temple University School of Law

Aziz Rana, Provost's Distinguished Fellow in 2023-2024, and then the J. Donald Monan, SJ, Chair in Law and Government beginning in 2024 at Boston College Law School


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