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Daria Roithmayr teaches and writes about the dynamics of racial inequality, and in particular the persistence of structural disparities in labor, housing, political participation, wealth and education. Her recent book, Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage (NYU 2014), explores the self-reinforcing dynamics of persistent racial inequality. Her work is heavily interdisciplinary, drawing from economics, sociology, political theory, history and complex systems theory. She joined USC Gould School of Law in fall 2006.
Before joining USC Gould, Roithmayr taught for nine years at the University of Illinois College of Law. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. She has also been a visiting law professor at the University of Michigan, Georgetown, and Yale. Among her representative publications are the forthcoming “Should Law Keep Pace With Society? An Evolutionary Game Theory Approach” (working paper); “Complexity Law and Economics" (Elgar Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (T. Ulen ed. 2014); and “Critical Race Theory Meets Social Science” __ Ann. Rev. Law and Social Science ___ (2014).
Roithmayr received her BS from UCLA, and her JD, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of Order of the Coif and served as senior notes editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She clerked for The Honorable Marvin J. Garbis, judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
- Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock in White Advantage, (NY: New York University Press, 2014). - (www) Reviews of Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage:
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Evolutionary Dynamic Theory and Empirical Method" In Methodologies of Law and Economics (Thomas Ulen, ed.) (Elgar, forthcoming 2017). - (PDF)
- "The Dynamics of Excessive Force," 2016 University of Chicago Legal Forum 407 (2016). - (www)
- “Should Law Keep Pace with Society? Relative Update Rates Determine the Co-Evolution of Institutional Punishment and Citizen Contributions to Public Goods,” (with Alexander Isakov and David Rand) 6 Games 124 (June 2015). - (PDF) - (SSRN)
- "Critical Race Theory Meets Social Science," (with Devon Carbado), 10 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 149 (2014). - (www)
- "Faking It," Review of "Racial Capitalism," by Nancy Leon (126 Harvard Law Review 2151 (2013) and "Selling Diversity Short," by Stacy Hawkins (40 Rutgers Law Records 68 (2012). JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) September 18, 2013. - (www)
- "Poverty, Prisons, and Power," Review of "Post Racial Racism: Racial Stratification and Mass Incareration in the Age of Obama," by Ian F. Haney Lopez (98 California Law Review 1023 (2010)). JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) October 22, 2012. - (www)
- "Lessons From Mazibuko: Shifting From Rights to the Commons," 3 Constitutional Court Review 317 (2010). - (www)
- "Racial Cartels" 16 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 45 (2010) - (Hein)
- “Them that Has, Gets,” 27 Mississippi College Law Review 373 (2008). - (Hein)
- “A Dangerous Supplement,” 55 Journal Legal Education 80 (2005) (review-essay reviewing Duncan Kennedy, Legal Education and the Reproduction of Racial Hierarchy) - (Hein)
- “Locked In Segregation,” 12 Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law 197 (2004) - (Hein)
- “Tacking Left: A Radical Critique of Grutter,” 21 Constitutional Commentary 191 (2004) - (Hein)
- “Locked In Inequality: The Persistence of Discrimination,” 9 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 31 (2003) - (Hein)
- “Access, Adequacy, and Equality: The Constitutionality of School Fee Financing in Public Education,” 19 South African Journal on Human Rights 382 (2003) - (Hein)
- ““Easy for You to Say”: An Essay on Outsiders, the Usefulness of Reason, and Radical Pragmatism,” 57 University of Miami Law Review 939 (2003) - (Hein)
- “A Bad Subject,” 9 Cardozo Women’s Law Journal 501 (2003) - (Hein)
- “Direct Measures: An Alternative Affirmative Action Program for Law Schools,” 7 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 1 (2001) (lead article) - (Hein)
- “Left(Over) Rights,” 22 Cardozo Law Review 1113 (2001) - (Hein)
- “Left Over Rights: Are Rights Still Useful After the Critique of Indeterminacy?” in Journal of Law, Text and Culture (Austin Sarat and Penny Pether, eds. 2001) - (Hein)
- “Barriers to Entry: A Market Lock-in Model of Discrimination,” 86 Virginia Law Review 727 (2000). - (Hein)
- “Introduction,” Race Is, Race Isn't: Critical Race Theory and Qualitative Studies in Education (Laurence Parker and Donna Deyhle eds. 1998). - (PDF)
- “Guerrillas in Our Midst: The Assault on Radicals in American Law,” 96 Michigan Law Review 1658 (1998). - (Hein)
- “Deconstructing the Distinction Between Bias and Merit,” 85 California Law Review 1449 (1998) - (Hein)
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Sam Erman published the op-ed, "Devastation Without Representation in Puerto Rico" on colonial oppression of the territory. Under the Foraker Act of 1900, Puerto Ricans received no federal voting power, no U.S. citizenship and no guarantee of eventual statehood. This led to a gap between purported ideals of the United States and its treatment of Puerto Rico, Erman wrote."The 120-year epic tragedy of Puerto Rico can be told as a tale of two hurricanes. The one fresh in our memory is Maria, which reached Puerto Rico a year ago. The other was hurricane San Ciriaco in 1899, which devastated the island just after it became part of the United States. on colonial oppression of Puerto Rico."
"The Certification Paradox", The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 2.
"Luck or Skill? Mutual Funds that Borrow," International Conference on Economic Modeling 2018, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.
Thomas D. Lyon
"The Productivity of Wh- Prompts in Child Forensic Interviews" (with Elizabeth C. Ahern, Samantha J. Andrews & Stacia N. Stolzenberg), Journal of Interpersonal Violence 33 (2018): 2007.