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Tera Agyepong

Tera Agyepong is an Assistant 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 after earning a B.A. and graduating with honors from Stanford University.  

Her scholarly interests lay at the intersection of race, gender, history, and the law. She pays particular attention to how historical processes of constructing race and gender have shaped the evolution of criminal and juvenile justice laws. Her first book, The Criminalization of Black Children: Race, Gender, and Delinquency in Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System, 1899-1945 (University of North Carolina Press), was awarded the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth’s 2018 Grace Abbott Book Prize.  She has also authored book chapters and articles in scholarly venues like Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights, Journal of African American History, and Gender and History.

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