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Balfour, Lawrie (University of Virginia)


"Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois (Transgressing boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities)" (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Act and Fact: Slavery Reparations as a Democratic Politics of Reconciliation,” in The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies, ed. Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir (Oxford University Press, 2008), 94-113.

Reparations after Identity Politics,” Political Theory 33 (December 2005): 786-811.


Darity, William (Duke University)




"Forty Acres and a Mule in the 21st Century" Social Science Quarterly   89:3  September 2008 pp.656-664


Dawson, Michael (University of Chicago)


"Blacks In and Out of the Left."  Cambridge:  Harvard University Press. 2013

"Not in Our Lifetimes:  The Future of Black Politics."  Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press. 2011

Dawson, Michael C., and Rovana Popoff.  “Reparations:  Justice and Greed in Black and White.”  The Du Bois Review. 1:47-92. 2004.

"Black Visions:  The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies."  Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press. 2001


Hutchinson, Darren (American University)

"Racial Exhaustion," 86 Washington University Law Review 917 (2009)

"Reparations: A Remedies Law Perspective," 56 American University Law Review 1402 (2007)

"'Unexplainable on Grounds Other Than Race': The Inversion of Privilege and Subordination in Equal Protection Jurisprudence," 2003 University of Illinois Law Review 615 (2003) 

"Social Movements and Judging: An Essay on Institutional Reform Litigation and Desegregation in Dallas, Texas," 62 Southern Methodist University Law Review  1635 (2009) (no free access link available).


NDiaye, Pap (L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) (EHESS)

"La Condition noire" Essai sur une minorité française (Paris: Gallimard Folio, 2009) 541p.


Urban Walker, Margaret (Marquette University)


“The Expressive Burden of Reparations: Putting Meaning into Money, Words, and Things,” Justice, Responsibility and Reconciliation in the Wake of Conflict, ed. Alice McLachlan and Allen Speight (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013).

"What is Reparative Justice? The Aquinas Lecture 2010." Marquette University Press, 2010.

“Gender and Violence in Focus: A Background for Gender Justice in Reparations,” in Gender and Reparations: Unsettling Sexual Hierarchies while Redressing Human Rights Violations, ed. Ruth Rubio-Marin (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

"Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations After Wrongdoing." New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006

Willaims, Verna (University of Cincinnati)


"Reading, Writing, and Reparations:  Systemic Reform of Public Schools as a Matter of Justice." 11 Mich. J. of Race & L. 419 (2006)

"Reform or Retrenchment:  Single Sex Education and the Construction of Race and Gender." 2004 Wis. L. Rev. 15


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