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Gwen Hoerr Jordan, J.D. Ph.D.

Gwen Jordan

Gwen Hoerr Jordan, J.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Legal Studies
Telephone: (217) 206-8520
Office: PAC 334

Professor Jordan joined the UIS faculty in 2010 after two years as a visiting assistant professor at Northern Illinois University and three years as the Legal History Fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School. In addition to her Legal Studies faculty appointment, she also has a staff attorney appointment with the Illinois Innocence Project at UIS. Her position with the Illinois Innocence Project involves representing individuals who were wrongfully convicted, working with UIS undergraduate and graduate students participating in the Project and instructing law school students at Northern Illinois University College of Law involved with the Project.

Jordan’s scholarship focuses on the history of women lawyers and their local, national and international social justice activism; issues of gender race and the law, and critical race theory. Her current work is on the history of black women lawyers in Illinois. She is currently analyzing issues of race identity, black women lawyer’s civil rights activism throughout the twentieth century, and the strategies women lawyers of color developed to overcome the intersection of race and gender discrimination in the legal system.

In January 2013, Dr. Jordan and Dr. Matthew Holden served as instructors of a UIS Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): “The Emancipation Proclamation: What Came Before, How It Worked, And What Followed.” This MOOC is free, open to all, and is available on Coursesites.

Dr. Jordan earned her M.A. in Criminal Justice and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. She has been awarded the UIC Dean’s Scholar Award and received an American Association of University Women Educational Foundation American Dissertation Fellowship. She also won a National Award Certificate of Commendation as curator of the exhibition Bar None: 125 Years of Women Lawyers in Illinois, and was previously Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women and served on its advisory board. In addition to her academic experience, she spent five years as a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught: History of American Law, Law and Society, Women in American Law, Seminar in Politics and Law, Law and Inequality, The American Constitution and Civil Liberties, Conviction of the Innocent, and Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies.

Recent Publications:

“Engendering the History of Race and International Relations: The Career of Edith Sampson, 1927-1978,” Chicago-Kent Law Review 87, no. 2 (2012) 521.

“‘Them Law Wimmin’: Grassroots Lawyering and the Protective Agency for Women and Children,” in Feminist Legal History: Recovering the Past, Reclaiming the Future , Tracy Thomas and TJ Boisseau, eds., (New York University Press, 2011).

“Agents of Incremental Change: From Myra Bradwell to Hillary Clinton” Nevada Law Journal 9, no. 3 (Spring 2009): 580- 645.

“‘Horror of a Woman’: Myra Bradwell, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Gendered Origins of Sociological Jurisprudence” Akron Law Review 42, no. 4 (2009): 1201-1244.

Recent and Upcoming Presentations:

“Transnational Coalitions of Women of Color during the Cold War,” Freedom, Rights, and Power: Recasting Women’s struggles across the Americas since 1900 Conference, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, United Kingdom, April 26-27, 2013

“Law, Social Change, and Diversity with the Nineteenth-Century Woman Movement: The Story of Charlotte Holt, Esquire,” Law and Society Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, May 30, 2013

“‘30 Female Blackstones Gather in Chicago’ 120th Anniversary” Event sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association and the 7th Circuit Bar Association, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago, August 22, 2013

“‘Trying to bale the ocean with a sieve’: What Women’s Rights Legislation in the 1940s Might Teach Us in the 21st Century,” forthcoming “The ERA in the 21st Century” conference, Roger Williams University, November 15-16, 2013.

“Radical Women and the Development of Legal Aid Societies in Chicago and Los Angeles, 1886-1914,” Social Science History Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois November 21, 2013

“African-American Portias and the Fight for Human Rights,” Newberry Library Seminar on Women and Gender, Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 2014

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