Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law

Professor of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Co-Director, Program in Law and History

Representative Publications



Reconsidering the Insular Cases: The Past and Future of the American Empire ( Gerald L. Neuman & Tomiko Brown-Nagin eds., Harvard U. Press 2015).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Only Woman in the Courtroom": Constance Baker Motley and Twentieth- Century Struggles for Equality (forthcoming).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press 2011).
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Shorter Works in Collection

Brown-Nagin, Tomiko, Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres. "Tejes Es Diferente: UT Austin's Admissions Program in Light of Its Exclusionary History" in Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case to Forge the Path Ahead 63 (Uma M. Jayakumar & Liliana M. Garces eds., Routledge, 2015).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Long, Broad, and Deep Civil Rights Movement: The Lessons of a Master Scholar and Teacher" in Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson 140 (Daniel J. Hulsebosch & R.B. Bernstein eds., NYU Press, 2013).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "African Americans and the Constitution" in Handbook of African American History (Leslie Brown ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Hon. Robert L. Carter" in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (Roger K. Newman ed., Yale University Press, 2009).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Missouri v. Jenkins: Why District Courts and Local Politics Matter" in Civil Rights Stories (Myriam Gilles & Risa Goluboff eds., Foundation Press, 2007).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Impact of Lawyer-Client Disengagement on the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Campaign to Implement Brown v. Board of Education" in From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy (Peter F. Lau ed., Duke University Press, 2004).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965" in Major Acts of Congress (Brian K. Landsberg ed., Macmillan Reference USA, 2003).

Articles in a Periodical

Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Civil Rights Canon: Above and Below," 123 Yale L. J. 2698 (2014) (reviewing Bruce Ackerman, Belknap Press, We The People: The Civil Rights Movement (2014)).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Diversity Paradox: Judicial Review in an Age of Demographic and Educational Change (Supreme Court Roundup on Fisher v. Texas)," 65 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc 113 (2012).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Hollow Tropes: Fresh Perspectives on Courts, Politics, and Inequality," 45 Tulsa Law Review 101 (2011) (reviewing Martha Minow, Oxford University Press, In Brown's Wake (2010)).
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(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))
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. ""One of These Things Does Not Belong": Intellectual Property and Collective Action Across Boundaries," 117 Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 280 (2008).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Review, Thomas Jackson, From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Economic Justice (Pennsylvania, 2007); Felicia Kornbluh, The Battle for Welfare Rights, Politics and Poverty in Modern America (Pennsylvania, 2007); Kris Shepard, Rationing Justice: Poverty Lawyers and Poor People in the Deep South (Louisiana State, 2007)," Journal of Southern Legal History, 2008 (book review).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Transformative Racial Politics of Justice Clarence Thomas?: The Grutter v. Bollinger Opinion," 7 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 787 (2005).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Elites, Social Movements, and the Law: The Case of Affirmative Action," 105 Columbia Law Review 1436 (2005).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "An Historical Note on Stigma as a Rationale for a Civil Rights Landmark," 48 St. Louis University Law Journal 991 (2004).
(Childress Symposium)
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Race as Identity Caricature: A Local Legal History Lesson in the Salience of Intra-Racial Conflict," 151 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1913 (2003).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "Toward a Pragmatic Understanding of Status Consciousness: The Case of Deregulated Education," 50 Duke Law Journal 753 (2000).
Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. "The Transformation of a Social Movement into Law?: The NAACP's and SCLC's Civil Rights Campaign Reconsidered In Light of the Educational Activism of Septima P. Clark," 8 Women's History Review 81 (1999).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. Does Protest Work, Protest & Polarization Symposium, Howard University (Nov. 1, 2012).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. Remembering Movement Lawyers and Viewing Constitutional History from the Bottom Up, University of Georgia, American Constitution Society, C-Span Book TV (Apr. 20, 2011).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. On-Camera Interview on Courage to Dissent, C-Span Book TV, Charlottesville, Va (Mar. 18, 2011).
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Brown-Nagin, Tomiko. On-Air Interview, Thursday Night at TU: The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture, KWGS, NPR, Tulsa Affiliate (Feb. 15, 2011).

Representative Publications