Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Margo Mahan ─ The Racial Origins of U.S. Domestic Violence Law

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

Margo Mahan is LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. She is broadly interested in how tensions within male and masculine hierarchies get articulated through law, crime, and punishment. Her current project examines the racial and nativist origins of U.S. domestic violence law. It is an extension of her dissertation, which demonstrates how ostensibly “feminist” Southern wife-beating laws were in fact a post-Civil War white-supremacist response to the legalization of black family formation.

Development and Governance Seminar