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Harvard University and Harvard Law School shifted to remote teaching and learning, as of Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.


Professor Lucie White, in collaboration with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is launching a project to map structural determinants of COVID-related “hot spots” in order to devise short- and longer-term interventions. In addition to Harvard law students and undergraduates, this multidisciplinary project might also involve students from Northeastern University Law School, as well as researchers from the University of Texas Law School, Harvard University, and elsewhere. Sites might include high risk workplaces such as food processing plants and care sites, sites of incarceration, high-density low-income neighborhoods, sites of environmental risk, and more. The distributive, racialized, and historical dimensions of each site’s legal and political “drivers” will be the particular focus of analytic attention. Sites might be located in the US, the Global South, or at globally dispersed nodes of value chains.

Students will work in teams. Each team will choose its site in consultation with faculty and other students, with the goal of mapping an array of ”hot spots” that inform one another in significant ways. The teams will use multiple research methods, including desk research, Zoom interviewing, distributional legal analysis, historical research, GPS mapping, and more. Each team will then craft policy/advocacy interventions that arise from its work. At the end of the internship each team’s work will be showcased at a Radcliffe event. Each team will draft its findings in a form that can be disseminated to a wider audience. Professor White will meet regularly with each team to guide its work. Students may apply for independent credit in the fall to finalize their teams’ written products and continue their work.

Internships of up to twenty hours a week are available on a paid and/or volunteer basis. The program will run for eight weeks, from June 3 – July 29, with dates, hours, and work schedules negotiable on an individual basis. Priority will be given to students whose summer plans have been disrupted for COVID-related reasons. Interested candidates should send a resume with references and a short writing sample to Professor Lucie White ( , with a copy to Ellen Keng (, by May 26 at 5:00 PM.