News

  • In November, PRSS Director Dorothy Roberts' article, "Abolition Constitutionalism," was published as the Foreword to the Harvard Law Review. You can read more about the article here and can read the article itself here.

  • Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery Affiliate Fellow Paul Wolff Mitchell has been awarded The Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement fellowship.  Mitchell has been featured in Penn Today.  Read more here.

  • PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow, and "Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery" (PMAS) Project Manager, Ezelle Sanford III has published an essay in the February 2020 issue of National Geographic. The essay, titled "Black Inventors: A Broader View"  reminds readers to humanize the figures that we revere during Black History Month.  For those who are interested, Sanford has also posted sources and further reading here.  The essay can be accessed

  • PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley presented her research on the history of HIV criminalization in the U.S. military justice system at the 134th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, held January 3-6, 2020 in New York City. Shibley's presentation discussed how military courts gradually developed a requirement for seropositive servicemembers to obtain "informed consent" from their sexual partners. The panel, titled "Policing and Criminalizing AIDS," was one of three sessions at the AHA conference to focus on the history of HIV/AIDS. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley has won an Early Career Scholar Fellowship from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. The Cromwell Foundation typically awards five to ten of these prestigious fellowships each year, based on recommendations from the American Society for Legal History. Shibley will use the fellowship for further research for her manuscript on race, homosexuality investigations, and the military justice system in the 1940s to 1990s.

  • Professor Dorothy Roberts has published a chapter in Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing, edited by Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston. Roberts' chapter examined the nature of "human flourishing" itself and described the limits of gene-editing in achieving such flourishing. You can read more about the edited volume here.

  • Professor Quayshawn Spencer has published a new book, What Is Race?: Four Philosophical Views. You can learn more about it here.

  • Professor Dorothy Roberts published an op-ed today in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the subject of eugenics.

    You can read the op-ed here.

  • Professor Dorothy Roberts will give the Betsy Wood Knapp Lecture at Wellesley College on April 30. Her topic will be "The Problem with Race-Based Medicine."

    You can find more information, including information about livestreaming, here.

  • On May 2, Professor Dorothy Roberts will be a panelist at the National Constitution Center event, "A Dangerous Idea: The History of Eugenics in America." After a partial screening of the documentary "A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream," Roberts and co-panelists Andrew Kimbrell, Daniel Okrent, and Paul Lombardo will have a discussion, moderated by Jeffrey Rosen.