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Tera Agyepong

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Associate Professor of Legal History and African American History at DePaul University


J.D./Ph.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Department of African American Studies;B.A. from Stanford University.


Tera Agyepong is an Associate Professor of Legal History and African American History at DePaul University. In addition to being awarded the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ first endowed professorship in 2016, she founded and directs a new program in legal history. She received a JD/PhD from Northwestern University School of Law and the Department of African American Studies…

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Research focus

Intersection of race, gender, history, and the law. Research addresses how historical processes of constructing race and gender have shaped the evolution of criminal and juvenile justice laws.


African Americans and Chicago’s Criminal Courts, 1896-1964 

This project examines Cook County’s municipal court system between 1896 and 1964. It pays particular attention to state criminal laws and sheds light on the kinds of local-level processes that…

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"Race, The Construction of Dangerous Sexualities, and Juvenile Justice" (Forthcoming)
Intimate States

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