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Camille Gear Rich

Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences, and Professor of Law and SociologyUSC Gould School of Law

Camille Gear Rich
Work: (213) 740-9043
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699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA Room: 446

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Professor Camille Gear Rich joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in the fall of 2007 following five years of private practice. She is the director of PRISM: The USC Initiative for the Study of Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law and she is also director of Gould's First Generation Legal Scholars program.  Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, feminist legal theory, legal ethics, employment discrimination, and children and the law. Camille Gear Rich will be a visitor at Stanford Law School in the Spring of 2018.

Professor Rich graduated with honors from Brown University in 1993.  She graduated from Yale Law School in 1998 and was a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. She was awarded a postgraduate research fellowship at Yale Law School, during which she began her research on ways that antidiscrimination laws can better accommodate the shifting contingent nature of racial and ethnic identity.  

Prior to entering private practice, Professor Rich clerked in the Southern District of New York for District Judge Robert L. Carter. She also clerked on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for Circuit Judge Rosemary Barkett.  She joined Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP in 2003, where she worked primarily on general commercial litigation and internal investigations. Professor Rich also worked on various pro bono matters involving Title VII retaliation claims and disability rights. Her primary pro bono project was her work as co-counsel with the Legal Aid Society Prisoners Rights Project on a prisoners’ rights class action raising constitutional claims on behalf of all female prisoners in New York State prisons against New York State Department of Corrections officials. Plaintiffs challenged various prison staffing, supervision and training policies that created an unreasonable risk for female prisoners of sexual abuse by male corrections officers.  Professor Rich was awarded the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award in recognition of her work on prisoners’ rights claims.

Professor Camille Gear Rich's SSRN articles can be found here: SSRN
Professor Camille Gear Rich's BePress page be found here: BePress

Professor Camille Gear Rich discusses Who Defines Your Race with Los Angeles Time columnist Sandy Banks; see video

Recent conferences co-sponsored by PRISM: The USC Initiative for the Study of Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Law:

  • Race Sexual Expression and Civil Rights Law:  A Conversation About the Daniele Watts Controversy; webcast available here.
  • Reframing the Welfare Queen: Feminist and CRT Alternatives to Existing Anti-Poverty Discourse; webcast available here.
  • Beating Mental Illness: A Dialogue on Race, Gender and Disability Stereotypes in Police Brutality Controversies; program schedule here.

Works in Progress

  • Reclaiming the Welfare Queen: Feminist Alternatives to Existing Poverty Discourse (symposium essay).
  • Market Maker or Market Captive: Mapping CRT Interventions in Existing Anti-Discrimination Discourse
  • The Untouchables: Child Molestation Law and the Politics of Professional Touch (article, in progress)
  • The Symbolic State
  • Desiring Whiteness: Title VII, Whiteness and the Shaping of Latino Identity

Publications and Shorter Works

  • "Post-Racial Hydraulics: The Hidden Dangers of the Universal Turn" (co-authored with Zev Eigen & Charlotte Alexander) 91 New York University Law Review 1 (2016) - (SSRN) - (www) - (Hein)
  • "Marriage Markets and the Price of Masculinity," 94 Texas Law Review 387(2015) - (www) - (Hein)
  • "Making the Modern Family: Interracial Intimacy and the Production of Whiteness," 127 Harvard Law Review 1341 (2014) - (Hein) - (SSRN)
  • "Angela Harris and the Racial Politics of Masculinity: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Dilemmas of Desiring Whiteness," 102 California Law Review 1027 (2014) - (Hein)
  • "Elective Race: Identifying Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self Definition," 102.5 Georgetown Law Journal 1502 (2014) - (Hein) - (SSRN)
  • "Affirmative Action in the Era of Elective Race: Racial Commodification and the Promise of the New Functionalism," 102 Georgetown Law Journal 179 (2013) - (Hein)
  • "Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law," 101 California Law Review 609 (2013) - (Hein) - (SSRN)
  • "The Uniform Sister-wife Act," a review of "Regulating Polygamy" by Adrienne Davis (110 Columbia Law Review 1955 (2010)), JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), September 11, 2012. - (www)
  • "Race-ing Motherhood: A Response to Un-Sex Mothering: Toward a Culture of New Parenting," by Darren Rosenblum, in OnLine Colloquium Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, February 6, 2012. 
  • "Marginal Whiteness," 98 California Law Review 1497 (2010) - (Hein) - (SSRN)
  • "What Dignity Demands: The Challenges of Creating Sexual Harassment Protections for Non-Workplace Settings," 83 Southern California Law Review 1 (2009) - (Hein) - (SSRN)
  • "Decline to State: Diversity Talk and the American Law Student," 18 Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice 539 (2009) - (Hein) - (SSRN)
  • "Performing Racial and Ethnic Identity: Discrimination by Proxy and the Future of Title VII," 79 New York Uinversity Law Review 1134 (2004) - (Hein)
  • "Note, The Ideology of Domination: Barriers to Client Autonomy in Legal Ethics Scholarship," 107 Yale Law Journal 2473 (1998) - (Hein)

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

  • "Reproducing Race: Sperm Contracts and The Sale of Racial Essence," University of Virginia School of Law (April 2017)
  • University of Florida School of Law (talk pending) (Spring 2017)
  • "Interracial Intimacy, Discrimination and the Gig Economy," UC Davis School of Law (January 2017)
  • "Reproducing Race: Sperm Contracts and The Sale of Racial Essence," Washington & Lee School of Law," (November 2016)
  • "Room For Rent – Racial Resentment and Air BnB," Fordham Law School (October 2016)
  • "Trump-ing Whiteness: Unpacking White Racial Rage in the 2016 Election Season," Loyola Law School (Chicago) (October 2016)
  • "Post Racial Hydraulics: The Hidden Dangers of the Universal Turn,"  Duke Law School (March 18, 2015)
  • "Post Racial Hydraulics: The Hidden Dangers of the Universal Turn," Ohio State School of Law (February 19, 2015)
  • "Reclaiming The Welfare Queen: Feminist and CRT Alternatives to Existing Poverty Discourse," Loyola Law School (February 10, 2015)
  • "Race, Sexual Expression and Civil Rights Law," Conference on Race Sexual Expression and Civil Rights Law: A Conversation  about the Daniele Watts Controversy, USC Gould School of Law (November 3, 2014)
  •  "Marginal Whiteness Revisited: Making Sense of the Isla Vista Shooter," Whiteness as Property Symposium, UCLA (October 4, 2014)
  • "Relational Discrimination and Loving Across Boundaries," Book Talk on According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family, USC Gould School of Law, Center for Law, History, and Culture (October 2, 2014)
  • "Elective Race: Recognizing Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self Determination,"  USC Sociology Department (September 26, 2014)
  • "The Racial Politics of Masculinity in the Era of Elective Race: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Dilemmas of Desiring Whiteness," UC Irvine School of Law, Symposium on The Interplay of Race, Gender, Class, Crime and Justice (April 2014)
  • "Post-Racial Hydraulics:  The Role of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the Repackaging of Race and Gender Discrimination Claims, " UCLA Law School and UCLA Institute for Research and Employment Symposium on Race, Labor and the Law (February 2014)
  • "The Racial Politics of Masculinity in the Era of Elective Race: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Dilemmas of Desiring Whitenes,"  AALS Annual Meeting, Program on Self Defense, Stand Your Ground Laws, and the Shooting of Trayvon Martin (January 4, 2014)
  • "Post-Racial Hydraulics: The Role of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the Repackaging of Race and Gender Discrimination Claims," Stanford Law School, Conference on The Civil Rights Act at 50 (January 2014)
  • "Elective Race: Recognizing Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self-Definition," Southern California Junior Faculty Workshop (September 28, 2013)
  • "The Racial Politics of Masculinity in the Era of Elective Race: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Dilemmas of Desiring Whiteness," Berkeley Law School, Angela Harris Festschrift, (September 27, 2013)
  • "Race and the Law Roundtable," Stanford Law School (May 2013)
  • "Elective Race: Recognizing Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self Definition," UC Irvine School of Law, Critical Race Theory Speaker Series (March 2013)
  • "Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law," University of Maryland College of Law: Family Secrets Symposium (March 2013)
  • "Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law," University of Minnesota Law School, Faculty Workshop (February 2013)
  • "Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self-identification and the Future of Title VII," USC Gould School of Law (February 2013)
  • “Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self Identification and the Future of Title VII," University of Minnesota Law School Faculty Workshop (November 2012)
  • “Marriage Markets and the Price of Masculinity,” UC Berkeley Law School, Seminar on Race and Sexuality (October 2012)
  • Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference, “Intersectionality in the Era of Elective Race,” October 2012
  • “Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self Identification and the Future of Title VII,” Fordham Law School, Faculty Workshop (September 2012)
  • “Affirmative Action in the Era of Elective Race: Racial Commodification and the Lesson of Elizabeth Warren,” Northwestern/Loyola Law School – Labor and Employment Law Colloquium (September 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, Law and Society Association Conference (June 2012)
  • Elective Race: Racial Determination Trials in the Post Racial Era, Duke Law School Center on Race Law and Politics (May 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, University of Chicago Law School Workshop on Regulating Family, Sex, and Gender (April 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, University of Iowa Faculty Workshop (March 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, Panelist, Association for Law Culture and the Humanities (March 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, USC Critical Race Theory/Critical Legal Studies Speaker Series (February 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference (January 2012)
  • Innocence Interrupted: Reconstructing Fatherhood in the Shadow of Child Molestation Law, USC Faculty Workshop (November 2011)
  • "Masculinity Crisis of Marriage Crisis?" (forum presentation) USC Center for Law Humanities and Culture, October 2011 (Commentary on Rick Bank's recent book Is Marriage for White People)
  • Marginal Whiteness, USC Critical Legal Studies/Critical Race Theory Working Group (October 2011)
  • Marginal Whiteness, Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium (September 2011)
  • "Working Identity and the Female Law Professor," Opening Plenary, AALS Rethinking Equality Workshop, (feminist legal theory conference), June 2011
  • "Marginal Whiteness Revisited," at the UC Irvine Law, Race and Socio-economic Class: Searching for Equality, UC Irvine Law School, March 2011
  • "Elective Race: Voluntary Racial Self Identification and the Enforcement of Title VII," AALS Annual Conference, Labor and Employment Section, January 2011
  • "Intersectionality As Political Strategy: Discursive Maneuvers in the Obama Presidential Campaign," UCLA CRS Symposium: Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements, March 2010
  • "Marginal Whiteness," UC Berkeley Women of Color Collective Faculty Colloquium, March 2010
  • "Intersectionality and the Courts," Moderator, UCLA CRS Symposium: Intersectionality: Challenging Theory, Reframing Politics, Transforming Movements (Participants: Julie Su, Cheryl Harris and Paul Butler), March 2010
  • “Desiring Whiteness” AALS Mid Year Work Law Conference, June 2009
  • “Decline to State: Diversity-talk and the American Law Student,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 2009
  • “Racial Reticence and the American Workplace,” Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting, May 2009
  • “Marginal Whiteness,” Critical Race Theory 20th Anniversary Conference, University of Iowa School of Law, April 2009
  • “Marginal Whiteness,” University of Southern California Faculty Workshop, September 2008
  • “The White Man’s Burden: Understanding Title VII Interracial Solidarity Claims,” Southern California Junior Faculty Workshop (July 2008)


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