Katrina Jagodinsky, Associate Professor of History (standing), talks with a group of students.

The U.S. Law and Race Initiative will launch an undergraduate and graduate curriculum at UNL on law and race in the United States.


HIST 115, "And Justice For All," is designed to introduce large numbers of students from all colleges and majors to race and race-making in American law and history. This course will be team-taught by Co-Directors William Thomas, Katrina Jagodinsky, and Jeannette Eileen Jones with lectures and units taught collaboratively with participating law faculty. 

An upper-level sequence of courses culminating in an experiential capstone for undergraduates will be co-organized with the College of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, and our community partners. The experiential capstone may take the form of intensive internships, legal research partnerships, and/or collaborative media productions. Our campus and community partners are already prepared to serve as mentors on a broad range of OER-based capstone projects. Students from any college at the university would be able to fulfill UNL's experiential learning (EL) requirement through an experiential capstone on U.S. Law and Race.


Building on our joint M.A. in History/J.D. program, we plan to open a graduate Certificate in U.S. Law and Race, available nationally as a non-degree program available to both graduate students and law students from UNL as well as other institutions. These courses are already taught by faculty partners of this initiative, but would be offered in hybrid format (both in person and synchronous online) to attract participation from students in graduate programs and law schools across the U.S. and the world.