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Our History: Former Faculty [Fall 2020 - this site is under construction as we update this list]: Brown-Nagin, Tomiko (2006-2012)

Tenured faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law through its history.

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, 2006-2012

Brown-Nagin, Tomiko

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, an award-winning author and scholar of legal history, civil rights, constitutional law, and educational policy, served as a professor of law and history at the University of Virginia from 2006 until 2012. She earned a B.A. from Furman University, an M.A. from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in history from Duke University. After graduating from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, she clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Jane Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She taught at Washington University in St. Louis before coming to Virginia.

Brown-Nagin was a visiting professor in 2004-05 and joined the faculty in 2006. She served as the Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law and the T. Munford Boyd Professor of Law, and taught courses in constitutional law, education law and policy, American social and legal history, and public interest law. Her book Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, 2011) won several awards, including the 2012 Bancroft Prize. In 2012, she joined the faculty of Harvard University as a professor of law and history.



Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Articles and Book Chapters

The Transformative Racial Politics of Justice Thomas?: The Grutter v. Bollinger Opinion, 7 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 787-807 (2005).

Missouri v. Jenkins: Why District Courts and Local Politics Matter, in Civil Rights Stories 243-263 (Myriam E. Gilles & Risa L. Goluboff eds., Foundation Press, 2008).

“One of These Things Does Not Belong”: Intellectual Property and Collective Action Across Boundaries, 117 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 280 (2008).


Cases Are a Referendum on Segregation History, Richmond Times Dispatch, Dec. 15, 2006, at A17.

Carter, Robert L., in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law 98-99 (Roger K. Newman ed., Yale University Press, 2009).

Review of Jackson, From Civil Rights to Human Rights: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice; Kornbluh, The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America; and Shepard, Rationing Justice: Poverty Lawyers and Poor People in the Deep South, 74 J. S. Hist. 1025-1028 (2008).

Hollow Tropes: Fresh Perspectives on Courts, Politics, and Inequality (reviewing Martha Minow, In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Education Landmark (2010); Paul Frymer, Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party (2007); and Julie Novkov, Racial Union: Law, Intimacy, and the White State in Alabama, 1865-1964 (2008)), 45 Tulsa L. Rev. 691-702 (2010).