Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development Explores Professor Tanya Hernández’s Book Multiracials and Civil Rights


The Winter 2020 issue of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law was devoted to Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law Tanya Hernández‘s second book, Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination. Published in 2018 by NYU Press, and just released in paperback, Multiracials and Civil Rights looks at series of court cases to demonstrate how multiracials often face the same types of discrimination as other racial groups.

“Hernández’s book hails from legal studies and offers a much-needed lens to augment understandings of race, law, and the state,” writes Professor Jasmine Mitchell in the journal. “Much of the scholarship on mixed race studies comes from sociology, political science, psychology, history, media studies, and literature. The book accomplishes an important intervention, with an evident dedication to engaged research and scholarship, marking the tangible material realities of multiracials in the legal system.”

“To have a symposium organized to review the ideas in my book, Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination, is an honor, and the JCRED editors, along with their dynamic Faculty Advisors Elaine Chiu and Rosa Castello, have my gratitude for pulling it all together,” Hernández said.

“Having each symposium contributor take the time to deeply engage the ideas in the book is an incredible gift, and exactly what every author dreams of—being read and provoking reflection,” she added. “Without readers, ideas do not have an opportunity to matter.”

Multiracials and Civil Rights is now available for purchase in paperback.


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