Priscilla OcenAssociate Professor of Law
BA, San Diego State University
JD, University of California Los Angeles, School of Law
Ocen is also active in the community as she serves as a member of the board of directors for the Equal Justice Society, an organization dedicated to transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science and the arts.
- Beyond Shackling: Prisons, Pregnancy and the Struggle for Birth Justice, (co-authored with J. Chinyere Oparah), forthcoming in BIRTHING JUSTICE: BLACK WOMEN, PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH (J. Chinyere Oparah, Alicia Bonaparte and Shanelle Matthews eds.) (2015).
- Unshackling Intersectionality, 10 Du Bois Rev. 471 (2013)
- Punishing Pregnancy: Race, Incarceration and the Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners, 100 Cal. L. Rev. 1239 (2012)
- The New Racially Restrictive Covenant: Race, Welfare and the Policing of Black Women in Public Housing, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 1540 (2012)
Works in Progress
- (E)racing Childhood: Examining the Racialized Construction of "Childhood" and "innocence" in the Treatment of Sexually Exploited Minors, 62 UCLA L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015).
- Birthing Injustice: Mass Incarceration, Pregnancy Prosecutions and the Construction of Pregnancy as a Status Offense
Representative Academic Presentations
- Discussant, Panel on “Racialized and Gendered Punishment and Reentry,” American Sociological Association, August 18, 2012.
- Keynote Speaker, Reproductive Justice and Women’s Prisons: A Contradiction in Terms?, California Reproductive Justice Roundtable, September 2011.
- The New Racially Restrictive Covenant presented at Intersecting Relations of Domination, University of Paris, June 2011.
- Punishing Pregnancy: Race, Incarceration and the Punishment of Pregnant Prisoners presented at UC Berkeley Department of African-American Studies, Seminar on Race and Public Policy, May 2011.
- Sovereign Violence, Fifth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium: Race and Sovereignty (moderator), April 2011.
- Speak So You Can Speak Again: A Discussion of the Challenges and Agency of Africana Women, Department of Africana Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, April 2011.
- African American Girls and the Intersection of Race, Gender, Class, Age and Place, African-American Girls and the Criminal Justice System: A Call to Action, The Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, April 2011.
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